Accomplished California estate planning & probate firm protects your assets
Santa Barbara law firm looks out for your future and secures your legacy
We handle all aspects of trusts and estate planning, including the preparation of living trusts, wills, and powers of attorney.
A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative, e.g., a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet — and the decisions the court makes might not reflect your desires.
The wills and estates attorneys at Laborde & Daugherty have more than 35 combined years of experience and can assist by drafting a valid will to ensure your intentions are honored.
Appointing a Guardian
Your will allows you to make decisions about the future care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or in the event that both parents die in a common incident. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints one, who may make parental decisions contrary to what you would have wanted. In your will, you can also make arrangements for the care of your pets, naming a guardian to take responsibility for them.
Valuing and Managing the Estate
Our attorneys assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Contact the thorough estate planning lawyers at Laborde & Daugherty today
Laborde & Daugherty serves clients in Santa Barbara, California and throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Call us at 800-485-7329 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.