Estate Planning Information from Mike Walters: Why Do We Have Probate in California?
Entertainer’s own trusted legal adviser Mike Walters drops in this week to share the history about how the probate process came to be in California. He explains the general process of probate as well as the reasons behind why the state was forced to create the process and how it affects Californians today.
The original reason for the creation of probate was to protect the assets of immigrants who came over to California from all over the world. When people died, thieves as well as debtors fought over the possessions of the deceased. So, the government decided that it would seize all the deceased’s possessions and distribute it themselves. This took away citizens’ freedom of choosing who of their loved ones received what portion of all their possessions.
Over time, this process became expensive and unnecessary. The families of the deceased began to feel like they did not receive what they deserved. They also felt that the government was invading their privacy by digging through all of the records belonging to the family. Do you want this to happen to your family after you are gone?
There is a way to avoid probate and protect your possessions as well as your loved ones though. All you need to do is have an estate plan in place. Estate planning can save you money from probate fees as well as ensure that your belongings go to the right people. Walters and Ward can help you with this task today. With over 30 years of experience and 20 offices located in Southern California, they can provide you with all the knowledge you need about the probate process and estate planning at a convenient location.
You can learn more at www.waltersinfotrust.com or at the free workshops they hold about estate planning, probate, wills and trusts. Sign up today by calling 1-877-779-9729 or by visiting their website listed above.