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Estate Planning Attorney in Los Alamitos, California

Estate planning is not solely about wealth distribution after one's passing. It is a proactive approach to safeguard your legacy, provide for loved ones, and articulate your wishes in the event of incapacity. From simple wills to complex trusts, my estate planning services provide a holistic overview, helping you draft a plan that caters to your unique needs and circumstances.  

As an estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of Lawrence H. Nemirow PC, I'm here to walk you through every step, educating you on the different components of an estate plan so we can craft a personalized strategy that suits you and your family's needs.

Located in Los Alamitos, California, I proudly serve clients throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, and cities such as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Cerritos, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Long Beach. Contact me today for a consultation.

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Why Estate Planning Is Important

Estate planning isn't just for the wealthy – it's a critical process for everyone, regardless of age, health, or financial status. Why? Because it provides a roadmap for the distribution of your assets after your passing. Without an estate plan in place, your assets could end up stuck in the probate process, a costly and time-consuming ordeal that can add unnecessary stress to your loved ones' lives. 

The consequences of dying intestate – without a will – can be severe. It can lead to legal battles among your loved ones and may result in your assets being distributed in a way that doesn't align with your wishes. By creating a comprehensive estate plan, you can provide clarity and guidance for your family during a difficult time. 

Documents That May Be Included in an Estate Plan 

An effective estate plan typically includes several key documents: 


A will is a legally binding document that articulates your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets and the care of any minor children after your passing. This crucial document serves as a guide for the probate court to distribute your assets to your heirs as you desire. It can include everything from physical property, such as your house and car, to financial assets like investments and savings. If you have children who are minors, your will can also specify who you want to appoint as their guardian. It's important to note that a will only takes effect after your death. 


A trust is another essential tool in estate planning. In essence, a trust is a legal entity that holds assets for the benefit of certain other persons or entities. There are many types of trusts, such as revocable living trusts, each with unique features and benefits, but essentially, they all function to provide a degree of control over how and when your assets will be distributed. Unlike a will, a trust can start distributing property before death, upon death, or afterward. A trust is managed by a trustee on behalf of the beneficiaries and can offer advantages such as avoiding probate, providing tax benefits, and ensuring financial privacy. 

Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows you (the "principal") to appoint someone else (the "agent" or "attorney-in-fact") to manage your affairs in the event you're unable to do so. There are different types of Powers of Attorney, including a general power of attorney, which grants broad powers, and a limited power of attorney, which only grants specific powers like selling a property. There is also a durable power of attorney, which remains in effect even if the principal becomes incapacitated. A POA can be integral to an estate plan, ensuring that your affairs are handled according to your wishes should you become incapable of managing them yourself. 

Advance Directives

An Advance Directive is a legal document that communicates your decisions regarding your healthcare in the unfortunate event that you are unable to convey your wishes yourself. This can come into effect if, for instance, you are in a coma or are otherwise incapacitated.

There are two main types of Advance Directives: a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. A Living Will outlines your preferences concerning end-of-life care, such as life-prolonging treatments you would or would not want. A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, on the other hand, allows you to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Including an Advance Directive in your estate plan can ensure that your healthcare decisions are respected and followed, reducing potential confusion or conflict during an already difficult time. 

How Your Attorney Can Help

As an experienced estate planning attorney, I can offer a range of services to guide you through this complex process: 

  • Finding the Right Solution For Your Needs: I'll assess your unique situation and help you determine the best estate planning strategies to achieve your goals. 

  • Drafting Enforceable Documentation: I'll ensure your estate planning documents are properly drafted, legally enforceable, and tailored to your specific needs. 

  • Trust Administration: If you choose to create a trust, I can guide you through the process of trust administration, including asset transfer and management. 

  • Probate Administration: Should probate be necessary, I can assist with the administration of the estate, from filing necessary paperwork to representing your interests in court. 

Whether it's drafting the necessary documents, assisting with trust administration, or guiding you through the probate process, I'm committed to providing a comprehensive service tailored to your specific needs. Let's work together to safeguard your legacy and provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. 

Estate Planning Attorney in Los Alamitos, California

As an estate planning attorney serving Los Alamitos, California, and Orange County, I am dedicated to helping individuals and families protect their assets and ensure their wishes are carried out. Don't wait to secure your family's future. When you're ready to take control of your future and provide peace of mind for your loved ones, reach out. I am here to listen, guide, and support you through this important process. Call me at the Law Offices of Lawrence H. Nemirow PC today.