What We Do
The Horspool Law Group, APC offers various legal services, focusing on estate planning, wills & probate, conservatorships, guardianship, and elder law. Located in Redlands, CA, we serve clients across Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.
Probate & Estate
Our team will assist you in the probate and administration of estates.
Proceeding with a Will
When a loved one dies, their will may need to be probated with the probate court. The named executor will be appointed the right to manage the estate through gathering all of the decedent’s assets, paying off the decedent’s debts, and then distributing the decedent’s remaining assets according to the terms of their Will.
Interstate Proceeding: No Will
If someone dies without a Will, a family member will need to petition the Probate Court for an Administrative proceeding. The deceased’s assets will be distributed according to the laws. Typically, the decedent’s spouse and children will receive the assets.
There are situations where a person does not have the capacity to create a Will, or sadly they were influenced to create a Will by a second party that did not have their best interests in mind. In these situations, a spouse, child, or other relative can contest a Will. Will contests can be a challenging process. Our experienced staff can assist you through it.
Meet the Attorney
Our trusted team is experienced in helping clients with their individual estate planning needs.
Last Will and Testament
Your Last Will and Testament is a legal document that ensures your wishes are followed after your death. This means your assets will be divided according to what you want, and will appoint guardians for your children if you have any. You will name an executor in your Will who will manage the dividing of your assets.
Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney for financial management legally allows you to appoint another person to act in your place for financial and legal transactions. With a general power of attorney, the appointed person can act on your behalf as soon as you have executed the document, or for a specific time and/or purpose.
With a durable power of attorney, the appointed person can either act on your behalf as soon as you have executed the document, and allows them to continue to act should you become incapacitated, or only when you become incapacitated.
Advanced Health Care Directive
This legal document allows you to appoint someone who will make medical decisions should you become unable to do so yourself. You will be able to specify the level of life sustaining treatment you would like to receive in the event you cannot make the decision yourself.
When you make a trust, you are creating a legal entity that can manage your assets while you are living and after you have died. It allows your estate to avoid probate. Trusts allow you to do various important things, such as preserve money for your children, avoid probate, protect against estate taxes, and in certain situations keep a nursing home from taking your money.
There are people who need legal protection even though they may be older. For example, someone who is injured in an accident, or someone who is incapacitated due to an illness. For these individuals, a conservatorship may be the best option.
A conservatorship is a legal option that places someone under the protection or supervision of another person. A conservator makes the health care decisions for the conservatee and ensures that their physical needs are being met. The conservator may also manage the property the person owns.
A minor may be in need of a guardian if the minor no longer has living parents, or the parents can no longer provide for the minor’s needs. Should a minor need guardianship and their parents are still living, their parents may still be responsible for supporting their child financially and may not always forfeit their parental rights.
Seniors are living longer which means there are new legal concerns concerning their well-being. Not only will they need a Will and Estate Planning, but they will need to have a plan in place for where they will live, medical costs in case they become ill, and what they want done should they become incapacitated. Plus, if they ever wish to be provided with long-term housing, they will need to make sure they have the funds to do so. We can navigate you through the complicated Elder Law process and create a plan in your best interests.
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