Sacramento, California Probate Attorneys
Generations5301 Madison Avenue
Sacramento, California 95841
Law Firm OverviewGenerations, founded in 1995 is a Sacramento-based probate, estate, and trust law firm.
* Probate administration
* Estate planning
* Tax planning
* Trust administration
* Special needs trusts
* Medi-Cal issues
* Elder law
* Conservatorship administration
* Business planning
The name Generations reflects the firm's position as a devoted ally helping families and businesses make informed decisions about their futures through the years, from one generation to the next.
The Generations team of estate and tax planning attorneys provides confidential, individualized counsel and advice.
Areas of Law
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Areas of Law Description
The Generations team of premier estate and tax planning attorneys provides representation and counsel in the following areas:
* Estate Planning
An estate plan is not just your trust or your will. It is a complete set of tools used to control what will happen to you and your assets when you are no longer able to make those decisions for yourself. A well-designed and maintained set of tools will make the implementation of your wishes much simpler. There are different types of tools available: revocable trusts, powers of attorney, wills, advanced health care directives, etc. There are additional tools that go further to reduce the estate tax due at your death, such as irrevocable trusts and charitable trusts.
California is a wonderful but complicated place to live and die. Some of the laws that govern our lives in California allow us the quality of life that we all want for our families. Ironically, some of our laws can also make dying in California a very public, long and expensive process unless you prepare properly. Getting your Will done by a qualified estate planning attorney licensed to practice law in California is the bare minimum you need to do to avoid an unnecessary and costly process. However, a trust-based estate plan is generally much more effective for most people.
When a will or trust lists multiple beneficiaries and administrators to oversee the distribution of property and assets, disagreement on how the estate is being divided can arise. This escalation is made all the more complicated if the will is out of date or there is no will at all. These disagreements can result in the need for legal professionals to step in and help resolve the matter through litigation.
* Trust Administration
Sacramento residents who become a surviving trustor or successor trustee of a trust-based estate plan generally will greatly benefit from hiring a qualified attorney to help them with the administration of that trust agreement.
* Elder Law
As you advance in age, planning for the future becomes much more important. The decisions you make about your finances, estate planning and your own health and well-being affect you as well as the people you care about. However, a mental or physical illness can render you unable to make those decisions and helpless to convey your wishes for your loved one’s futures.
* Charitable Giving
There is only one constant regarding state and federal tax laws: they are always changing. And changes in these laws can have a tremendous impact on your tax deductions, especially if you have philanthropic inclinations. Laws regarding the deductibility of charitable donations, for example, can have a tremendous impact on the bottom line of someone who regularly donates to charitable organizations.
* Gift Tax
Gift taxes are exactly what their name implies: taxes levied by the government on gifts you make to others while you are still alive. You can minimize or sometimes completely avoid such taxes by following the advice of a qualified estate planning attorney or you can unwittingly run up your tax bill through acts of generosity.
Ms. Trudy A. Nearn
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