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The Law Offices of William S. Dunlevy

Estate Planning Attorney | Serving Simi Valley, CA

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805-330-1950

Providing Outstanding Legal Representation and Results to Clients throughout California in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills, Probate and Trust Administration

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The Law Office of Theresa L. McConville

Estate Planning Attorney | Serving Simi Valley, CA

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805-330-6160

Experienced Estate Planning Services Tailored to Your Needs

Whether you are reeling from the death of a loved one or considering how to preserve your own wishes for your future, legal guidance is critical. An individualized estate plan can provide you with peace of mind in knowing that your family, property and end-of-life wishes are solidified in a legally effective form. Similarly, obtaining legal guidance to help you through the …

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Law Office of Raymond L Stuehrmann

Estate Planning Attorney | Serving Simi Valley, CA

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866-708-4377

Exprienced Estate Planning and Compassionate Probate Representation. Serving Ventura County, Southern Santa Barbara, and the San Fernando Valley

Planning for your own long-term security and the continued well-being of your loved ones is a very important part of life. As a dedicated and accomplished Thousand Oaks, California Estate Planning Lawyer, I enjoy a reputation for thoroughness, and for practical solutions to avoid contention in estate administration. I ask in-depth questions to make sure I understand my …

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Frisella Law, APC

Estate Planning Attorney | Serving Simi Valley, CA

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866-748-6512

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Help with Estate Planning

Hiring a Simi Valley Estate Planning Attorney is the best way to know you've adequately prepared for you and your family's future. Additionally, depending on what you wish to achieve, an estate plan can help support family members, charities, and other worthy causes.

Estate Planning Attorneys

All individuals, regardless of their financial position, will benefit from talking with an Estate Planning Lawyer. However, speaking with a lawyer can be very useful when a person suddenly comes into a lot of money, such as from inheritance or a business sale.

A proper estate plan typically utilizes both a trust and a will. These two powerful tools allow you to make sure not only that your financial goals are addressed, but that you have peace of mind knowing those you love will be taken care of properly when you're no longer able or willing to do so.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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