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What happens to your estate after you are gone is very much within your control. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy; it is for everyone. It is simply the process of deciding where your assets are to be distributed after your death. For those people who wish to preserve their assets for designated purposes — such as family or special charities — it becomes necessary to make special advance preparations.

To ensure your assets are protected and final wishes are carried out, there are some common actions that should be taken now. Proper estate planning allows you to plan for yourself and your loved ones without giving up control of your affairs.

Your estate plan should also allow for the possibility of your own disability. It should detail what you own and whom you want to leave it to at a time of your choosing and the way you want. Your estate plan should include fully disclosed, controlled costs for you and your loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is having your estate drained of value through taxes and legal costs.

The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in California will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Ohio residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Co-authors Margo Pierce and Linda C. Ashar, attorneys at law, have crafted an estate planning primer, allowing California residents to become more informed and more involved during the process.

Many books on estate planning indicate you do not need the services of an attorney, but this book highly recommends using an attorney versed in this area: You should not go through the process alone. This book is intended explain the complicated issues, terminology, and planning strategies of estate planning so when you do meet with a qualified attorney, you will be well prepared. You will understand the legal terms and be ready to discuss issues and strategies with familiarity, saving you time and legal fees and ensuring peace of mind.

California -specific information is offered throughout this book, including: California ‘s probate code; California rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid California will; planning your living will in California; explanations of In California diana laws regarding durable health care power of attorneys, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. The book’s easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their future.

This book also offers an overview of abatement rules, settlement costs, guardianship and minor children, executors and trustees, life insurance, potential long-term care needs, marital deductions, types of trusts, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, 529 plans, reducing or eliminating estate taxes, avoiding tax on life insurance, using insurance to pay estate taxes, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, and tax-deferred accounts.

Estate planning should be a positive experience. It involves reviewing your situation and planning for your future. Although few people want to think about the possibility of disability or disease, advance planning is also a way to show your love and to reduce potential distress later.

Other books offer a non-state-specific overview of estate planning, causing many readers to be misinformed about rules and regulations particular to their state; but, this new book provides information California residents need to know. Do not get outdated or wrong information that does not pertain to you specifically. Use this new book to craft an estate plan that is not only legally sound but also fully carries out your last wishes and protects your loved ones.

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the rock, April 16, 2010 (view all comments by the rock)
The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in California: A Step by Step Plan to Protect Your Assets, Limit Your Taxes, and Ensure Your Wishes are Fulfilled for California Residents by Linda C. Ashar and Sandy Baker is written for people who want to protect their valuables and pass on their assets to their loved ones or to charity. It describes how to find out what your estate is worth, how to get your will to be prepared, how to have the right plan, and more. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate is a good book to keep around, when you think that you are ready to plan your estate and need some help to get through this complicated process.

I rated this book a four out of five star rating because this book is very useful and helpful. I enjoyed the many ask-yourself-questions in this book because they helped me think of what I should remember. I also liked the encouragements to organize everything with lists. There is very important a simple template of a “Letter to Those you love” (appendix C 297). Anyway, I wish that this book had more examples of what happened to different people and what happened if they did or didn’t have an estate plan. It would have been great if in the very beginning instead of in the glossary, there was a clear definition of what an estate is (“an estate is…”) for people who are not familiar with it.

I believe that after reading this book people will be fully informed about rules and regulations in estate planning for California residents. This book explains it in an understandable and clear way.
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lmaestas, April 16, 2010 (view all comments by lmaestas)
This book does a good job of explaining types of wills. The information presented is very straight forward and easy for anyone to understand. The most helpful information I found was that it clearly explained how to value your property and money.
They do a great job of explaining the different types of people that can help you plan your estate and what role each one plays. I found this very helpful to help me understand who can help me with my estate.
The only issue that I had with this book was that they focus solely on California laws. While a lot of the information in the book can be used by people from other states. The legal part is only applicable to Californians. So even though I got a lot of good information from this book I will still have to do research for my state.
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perlesrose, April 16, 2010 (view all comments by perlesrose)
This truly is The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate In California: A Step-By-Step Plan to Protect Your Assets, Limit Your Taxes, and Ensure Your Wishes Are Fulfilled. Beginning with a citation of what is legal and not legal in the State of California, Ashar and Baker take the reader on an in-depth journey through estate planning in the state of California.

Because it begins with some must knows about wills that are and are not legal in California, you may think estate planning is just about dying and wills. It is not. The authors don’t just cover the disposition of your estate upon your death. They cover managing your estate while you live, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labors.

They discuss the roles of the team, (attorney, accountant, financial planner, insurance agent) that will help you accomplish that enjoyment, through the many possible milestones of your life. They cite the importance of anticipating the things most people don’t want to think about such as divorce, hospitalization or impairment of a spouse or yourself. (If either of you died or became impaired today, could the other write a check or dispose of property?). They discuss alternate documents to the standard will and the ways to keep probate from eating up your estate and perhaps avoid it entirely.

Where are you currently? Why are you planning? What do you want to cover? Who are your beneficiaries? What about your children, What about your pets, etc. These are some of the questions to consider. I strongly suggest that you write down and answer these questions along with several of your own. Reading with questions in front of you will give you the focus to garner all you can from this excellent resource.
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Product Details

Ashar, Linda C.
Atlantic Publishing Group (FL)
Foreword by:
Allen-Niesen, Kim L.
Allen-Niesen, Kim L.
Ashar, Linda C., Attorney
Baker, Sandy
Estate planning -- California.
Personal Finance - Financial Planning
Estates & Trusts
Law-Wills and Trusts
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8.90x5.90x1.00 in. .90 lbs.

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