Given the highly personal and important nature of estate planning, the prospect of selecting an attorney to assist you with the creation of your plan may seem intimidating. At the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law we understand how important your estate plan is to you and how difficult it can be to trust someone to help you with the creation of that plan. We would be honored to work with you on the creation of your comprehensive estate plan to ensure that your plan protects and grows your assets while you are alive as well as ensuring that those assets continue to provide for loved ones when you are gone.
Grass Valley, California
Nestled in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Nevada County, the City of Grass Valley, California covers just under five square miles and had a population of 12,860 people as of the 2010 Census.
Grass Valley is an historic northern Gold Country city dating back to the California Gold Rush. The city was originally named Boston Ravine but was renamed Grass Valley in 1851 by settlers whose cattle had wandered from their campsite on Greenhorn Creek to a “grassy valley” nearby where the grazing was better.
Although the Gold Rush originally attracted settlers to the area, the gold mines that opened during that period remained opened for almost a century. In fact, two of the richest mines in California, the Empire Mine and North Star Mine, are located in Grass Valley. Grass Valley was incorporated and became a Charter City just before the turn of the 20th century, in March of 1893.
Because the same skills needed for deep tin mining were needed for hardrock (deep) gold mining, many of original settlers in Grass Valley were tin miners from Cornwall, England. Grass Valley still holds on to its Cornish heritage, with events such as its annual Cornish Christmas and St Piran’s Day celebrations where you can enjoy Cornish pasties or visit local restaurants that specialize in recipes handed down from the original immigrant generation. Visitors to Grass Valley have the opportunity to glimpse life as it was during the historic Gold Rush while also enjoying 21st century activities in the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains nearby.
Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law in the Grass Valley, California Community
When estate planning is done properly, it should accomplish much more than simply creating a roadmap to be used to distribute your estate assets after your death. In fact, your estate plan can – and should – protect you and your loved ones while you are alive, help your assets grow during your lifetime and arrange for them to be used to provide for your loved ones when you are gone, and even ensure that your most deeply held beliefs are honored at the end of your life and after your death. Creating an estate plan that accomplishes all of this, however, requires the assistance of an experienced estate planning attorney. At the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, we are committed to helping our Grass Valley, California clients create just such an estate plan.
To be able to depend on your estate plan in the future, you will need to establish a solid foundation now and then revise that plan in the years to come. The need to review and revise your estate plan is one reason that we urge you to develop an ongoing relationship with your estate planning attorney. When you are young, single, and just embarking on your career path you do not need much more than a simple Last Will and Testament to prevent leaving behind an intestate estate. As both your family and your estate grow, however, your estate plan will need to be updated to take those changes into account. Marriage, for example, may prompt you to want to add your new spouse as a beneficiary and/or a fiduciary within your estate plan. The birth of a child will trigger the need to protect your minor child’s inheritance through the addition of a living or testamentary trust to your overall estate plan. Having a family should prompt you to worry about the possibility of your own incapacity and the need to include incapacity planning in your overall estate plan as well. As your estate assets increase in value, it will become important to incorporate tax avoidance, asset protection, and probate avoidance tools and strategies into your plan. Looking to the future, the need to merge your retirement plan with your estate plan should be considered to ensure that they work in harmony with one another. The potential need to qualify for Medi-Cal long term care benefits as a senior may also necessitate the addition of Medi-Cal planning to ensure that you can cover the high cost of long-term care. Finally, if you have strong beliefs regarding end of life medical care as well as the manner in which you remains are handled after you pass, it you will need to include advance directives as well as funeral and burial planning components in your comprehensive estate plan to ensure that your wishes are honored at the end of your life and even after you are gone.
At Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, our goal is to establish a lifelong relationship with you to ensure that your estate planning needs are met now, and in the years to come.