California Probate and Estate Planning Attorneys

Helping You Plan for the Future

At the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing in Irvine and Westwood, I represent estate planning clients throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County and the surrounding California counties.

I can ensure that your final wishes are honored and help you provide for your loved ones in your absence. Combining skills and knowledge, I am committed to helping you preserve your wealth for future generations. Estate planning is an important process that can be compassionately and effectively handled by a knowledgeable lawyer.

I can help you with:

The Unique Experience of a Joint California Probate Attorney/CPA

In addition to my legal credentials as an Orange County and Irvine, California, estate planning attorney, I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). With a master’s degree in taxation that is specialized in the Estate and Gift area and more than 20 years of experience, I can help educate you about estate and income tax consequences of estate planning decisions.

I offer a wide range of estate planning services, including:

  • Planning and drafting wills
  • Drafting revocable/irrevocable trusts
  • Creating generation-skipping trusts and family dynasty trusts
  • Drafting living wills and living trusts
  • Estate tax planning
  • Heirship determinations
  • Utilizing tax-exempt organizations and foundations in the estate planning process
  • Charitable gift planning
  • Business succession planning
  • Integrating retirement plans into estate planning
  • Preparation of estate and inheritance tax returns
  • Preparation of family limited partnership and limited liability company tax returns
  • Independent estate administration
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Drafting durable powers of attorney and directives to physicians
  • Guardianship and conservatorship services

Estate Tax Representation

It is possible that your heirs may have to pay taxes on your estate after your death. These taxes must be paid before the estate is distributed, therefore cutting into the amount of inheritance your beneficiaries receive. The amount of estate taxes that are to be paid are dependent on the value of your state. It may be possible, through creative structuring of your estate, to minimize the amount of estate taxes that are to be paid. As an experienced CPA and tax attorney, I have the knowledge and experience needed to effectively explain estate tax issues to my clients. I can help clients structure their estates and estimate – based on the calculated value of the estate – the amount of estate taxes that may be paid. This helps you and your heirs plan for the future.

Probate Attorney

Probate can be a confusing process at times. The purpose is generally to ensure the validity of a will by a neutral judicial body. Through probate, the will can be evaluated and then the administration of the estate can take place. Though the intentions of the probate court are sound, the judge may not always make the right decisions for the heirs. Without thorough estate planning, especially without any type of will, the probate judge may decide to do whatever he or she wants with the estate, leaving beneficiaries and heirs with nothing. By having a knowledgeable attorney on your side through the probate process, we can take steps necessary in securing the proper evaluation and administration of the estate. As an Orange County and Los Angeles probate attorney, I can aggressively stand up for your rights, the rights of the estate and rights of any heirs throughout the course of probating the will and estate.

Advanced Health Care Directives

In California, we refer to the documents previously called “living wills” as advanced health care directives. These are documents that are created by an individual to dictate the type of medical care he or she would like to receive, if any, if they cannot communicate their wishes. It is also possible in one of these directives to appoint a person to have power of attorney for health care for you. This allows them to make medical decisions on your behalf. I can sit down with clients who are seeking to compose an advanced health care directive and explain the benefits and any potential drawbacks.

Preventing Family Conflicts

I strive to protect both the assets and family relationships of my clients. I work to find the optimal balance between income and estate tax considerations and a client’s personal considerations when developing an estate plan.

Among my services as your lawyer, I can help you plan for estate and final income taxes in order to avoid passing them on to your heirs and loved ones.

With effective estate planning, I can help you prevent disputes among your family members concerning division of property and other matters.

If a dispute does arise between heirs or creditors, I am well-equipped to handle potential trust, estate and tax-related litigation.

For all estate planning clients, my goals include minimizing tax liability, minimizing the problems and expenses of probate, reducing or eliminating capital gains on property transferred at death, ensuring property goes to the desired beneficiaries, and providing for adequate liquidity to cover taxes and other expenses at death.

Contact Us

For a reduced rate initial consultation about your estate planning issue, contact me online at my Irvine, Los Angeles (Westwood) or San Diego estate planning offices or call 800.681.1295.

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