Sole Practitioner, licensed to practice law in California and the Central District of California 

Law Offices of Thomas Scully

Most people find it difficult to talk about their own death, but it is important to think about the end-of-life as the beginning of a legacy for everyone who lives on after you.  Dying without a will can be expensive and lead to results you would not have wanted.

California law strongly favors "living trusts" which is a flexible, long-term structure, for managing your assets while you are alive and then making sure that your beneficiaries are cared for in the way you want when you cannot.  It costs a little more upfront, but can save a lot of time and money in the long run when you eventually die or become incapacitated.

If you have a minor child, or a family member in need of long-term care, it is important to plan ahead.

Another question a lot of people have is whether they can make a "living will" to make clear their intentions in case they are severely injured and incapable of communication with their caretakers or emergency medical technicians.