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What are some of the issues you see arise from a lack of proper estate planning?

San Mateo, CA estates & probate lawyer Jeffrey Loew talks about the common issues he sees arise from a lack of proper estate planning.

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frequently people who maybe early in
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life don’t have large estates and don’t
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have a lot of assets may not be
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concerned about having a trust for
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example or an estate plan and maybe
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toward the end of the life they die
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without an estate plan or they try to do
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their own and in such cases mistakes
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happen an estate plan that is done
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without an attorney is more vulnerable
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to an attack by a contestant who can say
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this isn’t what the decedent wanted and
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there may be no one to defend the
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document such as a drafting attorney
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would in normal circumstances so that
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can be one significant problem other
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problems are that the decedent may make
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mistakes in how they describe who should
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receive the gifts and in that case it
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can lead to litigation
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finally the decedent may fail to
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properly put their assets into a trust
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for example in which case there can be
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litigation about whether or not the
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decedent wanted certain assets to be in
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the trust so essentially an experienced
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estate planning attorney will go through
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all these possible scenarios with a
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client and avoid all these questions
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litigation can still arise if the
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decedent leaves out a child for example
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and leaves them with nothing in such
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cases it may be more prudent to think
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about leaving some gift to the child
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sufficient that the person won’t want to
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challenge the trust so there’s a lot of
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different ways that estate planning
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attorneys can head off litigation by
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careful planning

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