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The probate process is meant to assure that a will is followed.
Your will outlines what will be done with your estate after you pass away.
It’s a way of protecting yourself and your estate in the event that you’re unable to speak for yourself or continue making those decisions.

Estate Attorney in Eureka, California

The Probate Process

When a loved one passes on, what do you do? After the funeral services, you’ll have to decide what to do with their property and possessions or find guardians for young children that were under their care. The probate process deals with all of these concerns. However, it’s important to have an experienced legal representative on your side to ensure your loved one’s last wishes are fully realized. Contact The Law office of Leon A. Karjola and let our office take care of the details.
Leon A Karjola with will document

Wills vs. Trusts

You have probably heard of a will before, and you probably understand that it dictates the final wishes of the deceased. A will assigns guardians for young children, appoints beneficiaries for their estate and gives instructions on how to handle any remaining debts. Trusts are similar to wills in many ways but have a few important differences. Trusts allow you to avoid the probate process, keeping you from dealing with unnecessarily messy legal processes.

Estate Planning

The term ‘estate’ creates many misconceptions about what estate planning really is. All individuals have an estate. Your estate includes any property you own, your finances and your possessions. Estate planning involves more than just writing a will or trust, but it’s an important part of planning for the future. Take the hassle away from your relatives. Contact our office to begin estate planning today. Why not feel prepared for the future?

Conservatorships

Although the term conservatorship might be unfamiliar, chances are you’ve heard of a guardianship. A guardian is someone who is legally responsible for any financial and medical decisions regarding the person under their care. Guardians are often appointed by the state to children whose parents are no longer able to care for them. A conservatorship is similar, however, in this case, the conservatorship has not been appointed by the state, but requested by the person who needs their decisions managed.