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Are you worried about the future? Are you thinking about what might happen to your loved ones or your assets when you’re gone? It’s not always the most comfortable thing, planning for your death or incapacitation — but it is necessary. Estate planning allows you to take control of your family’s financial future and sleep peacefully, knowing they’ll be well taken care of.

Meier Law Firm can help you navigate the estate planning process and organize your wishes so that you never have to worry about the future. Book a planning session with a Bakersfield estate planning attorney today. We’ll be by your side through the whole process.

  • Get the quality care your parents need
  • Relieve the family member caregiver
  • Protect your family assets from being depleted on care
  • Understand and maximize the hidden benefits of Medi-Cal and VA Benefits Planning
  • Work with a team who will treat your family how we would want our parents to be treated
  • Help your aging loved ones retain their financial security and age with dignity
  • Gain a family trust attorney for life - when you work with us you get a support system you can turn to no matter what

Bakersfield Income and Household Statistics

According to Data USA’s report, the median income in Bakersfield, CA, in 2020 was $65,687, which exceeded the national average of $64,994. It also grew by 4.04% over Bakersfield’s 2019 median income of $63,139. Real estate properties and their values play a significant role in the estate planning process. In Bakersfield, the median property value was $258,700 in 2020 – a 4.7% increase from 2019’s median property value of $247,000. When you want to protect your assets and ensure your wishes are honored, an experienced estate planning attorney in Bakersfield, CA, can help you take the right steps.

Estate Planning Resources in Bakersfield, CA

Navigating the world of estate planning can be a difficult road. The good news is that you don’t have to travel that road alone. Here’s a list of helpful estate planning resources available in Bakersfield.

American Appraisal

One requirement of estate planning is that your property and assets are valued accurately. This includes your family home and any other real estate property you own – like business property, vacation homes, and rental properties. Getting your real estate valued will help give you an accurate picture of your estate and holdings, and American Appraisal can help you by appraising your properties.

American Appraisal 
1415 18th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 377-3000

Moneywise Wealth Management

You want your loved ones to benefit as much as possible from your estate in the future. That’s why managing your holdings and assets is so important. Moneywise Wealth Management can ensure that you’re meeting your financial goals and that your money is growing for the advantage of the next generation.

Moneywise Wealth Management
8700 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 847-1000

Sandoval Tax CPAs, Inc.

Taxes could negatively impact your loved ones after you pass. Many estate planning strategies call for addressing estate tax issues on your assets so that your beneficiaries don’t have to shoulder the burden. Sandoval Tax CPAs, Inc. can help you get a handle on your income, business, or estate taxes before it’s too late.

Sandoval Tax CPAs, Inc.
3877 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 325-0906

Comprehensive Estate Planning in Bakersfield, CA

There are a lot of estate planning resources out there, but by far, the most valuable will be your estate planning attorney. At Meier Law Firm, we offer our clients a customized estate plan that fits their unique needs.
We’re specialized in the following practice areas:

Our law firm offers comprehensive estate planning to help you and your family plan for the unexpected. Life is never short of surprises. With proper estate planning, we can help you protect your legacy and avoid estate litigation involving probate disputes. Getting the help you need is just one phone call away.
Contact our estate planning and elder law attorneys at Meier Law Firm today.

Meier Law Firm: Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Bakersfield

It’s not easy to think about what will happen to your loved ones when you can no longer care for them. But that’s why planning for your family’s future is crucial. While complex and often emotional, your mind will be set at ease once you have a plan.
At Meier Law Firm, we understand that estate planning can be stressful. That’s why we try our best to make the process as smooth and simple as possible for you and your loved ones. We create estate plans for our clients tailored to their needs so that their wishes can be known when they can no longer speak for themselves.
If you need a Bakersfield estate planning attorney, reach out to the experienced team of attorneys at Meier Law Firm and schedule your planning session. You can also visit our office at 450 Newport Center Dr. #625, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

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FAQ: Bakersfield Estate Planning Lawyers

Which assets should be included in an estate plan?

  • Money in both savings accounts and checking accounts
  • Digital assets like cryptocurrency
  • Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Real estate equity
  • Life insurance benefits
  • Retirement plans and pensions
  • Business investments

What is probate?

Probate is a court-supervised process in which a deceased person’s estate is collected, managed and distributed. The court examines the individual’s estate – including any wills the deceased had in place – and settles debts, identifies beneficiaries, and settles the estate. It’s a lengthy, pricey, and stressful process for your loved ones. The court proceedings are also public, meaning details of your estate and beneficiaries will be public record.

Do all estates go through probate in California?

California probate law mandates that any estate exceeding $166,250 in value go through the probate process. However, a skilled estate planning attorney can deploy strategies to keep your estate out of probate.

How do you avoid probate in California?

The most effective way to avoid probate in California is to start a living trust. There are a few different types of trusts – including revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts – and the one you choose depends on your estate planning strategy. A trust holds any assets you want to be set aside for your loved ones, keeping those funds out of probate and often away from creditors.

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