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Face Your future with confidence

Many people make the mistake of thinking that estate planning is for a select few. In reality, one of the most important decisions any individual can make for their loved ones is to establish a detailed, well-rounded plan for the future. With the guidance of an estate planning attorney, you will have a greater level of confidence & understanding of key concepts such as wills, trusts, and probate.

A will goes into effect upon your death, directing where property and assets are to be distributed and appointing a legal representative to carry out your wishes. A trust, on the other hand, can be used to distribute property prior to death. Beneficiaries are established to distribute income from the trust. Allow us to work out these complex details so that you can return to what matters most.

At the Law Offices of W. Steve Chou, we handle a variety of different matters to help you face your future with confidence. These include inheritance tax planning, guardianships and guardianship litigation, trust planning, living trusts, probate planning and litigation, family settlement agreements, and more. We give each client's unique situation the attention it deserves, explaining all the available options at every single stage.

Don't wait to plan for your future. We proudly serve clients in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including La Palma, Irvine, San Marino, and Cerritos. If you are in need of estate administration services or estate planning guidance, contact us for a free consultation to get started on preparing for a secure tomorrow.

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We provide one-on-one counsel to every single client, tailoring strategies to your unique situation.

collaboration

We help clients through the entire process, working together to craft an effective estate plan.

experience

We base our practice on more than two decades of experience in planning for your family's future.

Living Trusts: Helping You Avoid Probate

Something our clients always wonder: how can we avoid probate court? It's important to understand how a living trust can help you do just that. Probate — a court-supervised system designed to execute an individual's will after they pass away — can often leave families feeling overwhelmed and exhausted due to its complexity. Instead, allow our firm to guide you in crafting a living trust.

A living trust is a written legal document through which your assets are placed into a trust during your lifetime and then transferred to designated beneficiaries by your chosen representative. With a will, your estate will go through probate court proceedings. With a living trust, probate is avoided & your assets distributed as you wish.

A living trust can also save you and your family money. The costs incurred in court for probating a will are taken directly from your estate; in a living trust, you avoid probate court entirely. Remember, though, that a living trust is not necessarily the best option for every situation. You need to consult knowledgeable wills & trusts attorneys to understand your options and make the right choice.

Think of a living trust as an insurance policy against the expensive probate process. Further, because a living trust does not go through probate, it means a faster distribution of assets to your heirs. At the Law Offices of W. Steven Chou, we proudly serve Los Angeles and surrounding areas, bringing peace of mind to you and your family.