Creating a comprehensive estate plan is one of the most valuable gifts you can give to yourself and to your loved ones. At the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, we understand that the attorney you select to assist you with that plan is one of the keys to the ultimate success of the plan. We would be honored to sit down with you and discuss how we can help you create a plan that protects you, your estate assets, and the people you love.
Located about midway between the City of Sacramento and the Nevada border, the City of Placerville serves as the county seat of El Dorado County, California. As of the 2010 Census the population was 10,389; however, Placerville is also part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
After the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in nearby Coloma, California, by James W. Marshall in 1848 sparked the California Gold Rush, the small town now known as Placerville was known as Dry Diggin’s after the manner in which the miners moved cartloads of dry soil to running water to separate the gold from the soil. Later in 1849, the town earned its most common historical name — “Hangtown” — because of the numerous hangings that occurred there. By 1854, Hangtown had become the third largest town in California, surpassed only by San Francisco and Sacramento. With the increasing population came a temperance league, a Methodist Episcopal church, and a campaign for a more desirable name. Placerville had been suggested as early as 1850, so it became the town’s official name when the city was incorporated in 1854.
On July 6, 1856, Placerville was nearly destroyed by a fire, and as local mining declined, Placerville gained new life from the Comstock silver strike in Nevada in 1859. Throughout the 1850’s Placerville had been the western terminus for the Overland Trail. The year 1859 saw the new beginning of a massive reverse migration. From 1859 to 1866, the Placerville-Carson Road (later U.S. Highway 50 was built) witnessed the greatest era of freighting and staging by horse-drawn vehicles ever known. Due to dispute with the railroad, the City of Placerville disbanded in 1873 and incorporated again in 1900.
Placerville was a central hub for the Mother Lode region’s mining operations. The town had many services, including transportation (of people and goods), lodging, banking, and had a market and general store. The history of hard-rock mining is evidenced by an open and accessible Gold Bug Park & Mine, now a museum with tours and books. Placerville is now registered as California Historical Landmark #701.
Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law and the Placerville, California Community
A well thought out estate plan should protect you, your loved ones, and your assets both now and in the future. To do that, however, care must be taken in both the creation of that plan as well as in updating that plan. Choosing the right estate planning attorney to assist you is a crucial part of creating a personalized and successful estate plan. At the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, we understand how important your choice of attorney is and we would be honored to be chosen to assist you in the creation of your estate plan.
A comprehensive estate plan encompasses a number of inter-related goals and objectives that go beyond the distribution of estate assets at the time of your death. Because of the comprehensive nature of estate planning, it is important that you work with an experienced estate planning attorney who can help ensure that each of your goals is met within your plan. Moreover, an estate plan is not something you create and then forget. On the contrary, for your estate plan to work as intended, it must be reviewed and revised on a regular basis as well as when life events call for it.
Your initial estate plan, for instance, will likely focus on the distribution of your limited estate assets. Marriage and parenthood will cause you to add additional objectives to your plan, such as Incapacity planning and probate avoidance. As you mature and your estate grows, you will probably want to add things such as retirement planning and tax avoidance to your estate plan as well. Long-term care and Medicaid planning may also be beneficial to the success of your overall estate plan. With age, you may start to worry about end of life issues which may also prompt you to execute an advance directive and to incorporate funeral planning into your overall estate plan.
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.