If you have yet to create an estate plan, you are hardly alone. More than half of all Americans do not have an estate plan in place despite acknowledging the importance of estate planning. The good news is that there is no time like the present to get started. A well thought out estate plan can accomplish a number of important goals, including creating a framework for the division of your estate assets upon your death, protecting you and your family in the event of your incapacity, and ensuring that your loved ones are provided for when you are gone. At the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, we look forward to the opportunity to sit down with our friends and neighbors in the Rocklin, California community and discuss how we can help you get started with your estate plan.
Located in southwestern Placer County, California, the City of Rocklin covers approximately 20 square miles and had a population of 56,974 residents as of the 2010 Census.
Prior to the California Gold Rush the Nisenan Maidu occupied both permanent villages and temporary summer shelters along the rivers and streams in the area that would eventually become Placer County. As settlers flooded the area looking for gold, the Nisenan were deprived of traditional foodstuffs, homesites and hunting grounds. Consequently, the Nisenan were among the earliest California Indian tribes to disappear.
During the 1850s, miners sluiced streams and rivers including Secret Ravine which runs through Rocklin. Rocklin was first recognized as a destination along the transcontinental railroad in 1864, about the same time granite mining began. The Central Pacific Railroad named the area Rocklin after its granite quarry, and used the site as a refueling and water stop. Rocklin was incorporated in 1893 during the heyday of railroad and granite mining activity. By 1910, 22 quarries operated in Rocklin and, in 1912, nearly 2,000 train carloads of granite were sent out of town to become part of the state capitol building and buildings in San Francisco.
Beginning in the 1980s, Rocklin realized the benefits of a lower cost of living and land that drew high technology firms and other industries to the region. This resulted in an expansion of commercial and residential development. As Rocklin has evolved, the City has saved many of the original granite bridges used to cross creeks on the Spring Valley Ranch and has designed parks to include these bridges.
Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law and the Rocklin, California Community
Estate planning encompasses much more than just deciding what will happen to your assets when you are gone. It should also protect those assets and help them grow while you are alive as well ensure that they continue to provide for your loved ones when you are gone. The staff at Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law is committed to helping our clients in Rocklin, California to create a plan that will meet their estate planning needs both now and in the years to come.
The estate plan you create when you are young, single, and just starting out in your career will likely be rather simplistic. Your primary goal will likely be to ensure that you do not leave behind an intestate estate in the event of your death. That simplistic plan, however, will grow as your family and your estate grow. Marriage, for example, will likely trigger the need to include a spouse as a beneficiary and/or fiduciary within your estate plan. Parenthood calls for changes that will ensure your minor child’s inheritance is protected if something happens to you. Incapacity planning will also take on a heightened importance once you have a family to consider as will planning for the future with retirement planning. As your estate grows in both complexity and value, you should consider adding probate and tax avoidance as well as asset protection strategies to your overall estate plan. By middle age, you should also be thinking about long-term care planning which may include Medi-Cal planning. If you have strong wishes with regard to end of life care, a living Will and/or additional advance directives should also be part of your estate plan. Funeral and burial planning should also be included in your estate plan if you want to ensure that your wishes are honored after you are gone. Your unique needs, such as special needs planning, business succession planning, or pet planning will also be incorporated into your estate plan to create a customized estate plan that achieves all of your estate planning goals.
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.