Non Traditional Families and Estate Planning
San Fernando Valley Lawyer Helping Families of All Types
Family, as defined by the law, isn’t a one-size-fits-all definition in the world in which we live. The courts typically handle estate issues involving surviving spouses and biological children. However, a large portion of households don’t fit the traditional husband-wife-children nuclear family. Today, many families include:
- Adoptive children
- Grandparents as primary caregivers
- Unmarried partners
Making Sure All Members of Your Family are Protected and Cared For
A complete CA estate plan can include provisions to ensure that the courts understand your wishes for issues that may not be typical. For example, it may make more sense to bypass a family member and distribute your estate directly to adult grandchildren. For families with unmarried parents or same-sex partners, it is very important to create a comprehensive estate plan, including durable power of attorney arrangements and healthcare directives.
Domestic partners who register with the state have many of the same rights as married couples, including the right of inheritance. However, one must be careful should the relationship dissolve – another reason to speak with an attorney about your estate planning situation.
California law concerning non-traditional families rights is constantly changing. With so much at stake — your children, your loved one’s well-being, and your shared assets — you need an experienced lawyer who is attentive to your needs and understands how to create a plan that complements traditional estate planning.
Call me at 818-347-5800 to set up a free consultation. Learn about your options. Let me, an experienced attorney, personally handle your estate plan; I will not pass you off to a paralegal or assistant.
Special Situations Require an Attorney Who is Sensitive to Your Needs
Don’t be treated like a case – you and your family deserve to know exactly what your estate planning options are, and I will take the time to sit with you and go over the important aspects involving your situation. Once you become a client, you can be assured that I will be responsive. In fact, I guarantee that I will return calls within two business days or credit the client with $100 toward legal fees, if all fees are paid the client receives a check.
Contact Me Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
My office is conveniently located in Woodland Hills, near the 101 Freeway just off the Topanga Canyon Exit. When you call you will talk to me, attorney Jonathan Leventhal, not a paralegal or office assistant. I am happy to answer your questions and we can schedule a time to meet, even after normal business hours or on the weekend. Email me or call at 818-347-5800.