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Providing Peace Of Mind, Preserving Your Legacy

Providing Peace Of Mind, Preserving Your Legacy

Helping You Plan For The Future

Estate planning is a process that encompasses more than simply deciding how your assets are distributed after your death.  It also involves carefully selecting the right people to make financial decisions for you if you become unable to make them for yourself, selecting the right people to make medical decisions for you if you become unable to make them for yourself, and selecting the right people to raise your children if you become unable to do so because of death or incapacity.

The Law Office of Thomas E. Rossmeissl is your premier estate planning firm. Mr. Rossmeissl has dedicated his practice to estate planning and related trusts and estate matters. When it comes to estate matters, he is the attorney for you. He will take the time to answer your questions and guide you through the process of making the best possible plan for you and your family.

What Is An Estate Plan?

An estate plan is a set of carefully prepared legal documents designed to address a number of issues: who will receive your assets after your death, and how that inheritance will be structured for their benefit; who will have legal authority to make financial decisions for you if you were to lose capacity; who will have legal authority to make medical decisions for you if you were to lose the ability to make them for yourself; and who will be the guardian of your minor children if you were to die or lose capacity while they are still minors. An estate plan typically includes a revocable living trust, a pour-over will, a durable financial power of attorney, an advance health care directive, a nomination for guardian, and a nomination for conservator. Together, these instruments provide a structure to make sure your estate can be managed and administered efficiently, with minimal court involvement.

Who Needs An Estate Plan?

Everyone needs an estate plan. Estate planning is not only for the elderly or for the extremely wealthy. A detailed estate plan is beneficial for individuals of all backgrounds, age and stature. Mr. Rossmeissl works with clients across the economic spectrum. Regardless of wealth, many of the issues clients face are the same. They want to protect their family and loved ones in the event of death or incapacity. The right lawyer will ensure your plan is thorough, lawful and accomplishes your objectives.

What Does An Estate Plan Do?

An estate plan is a tool comprised of a number of specific legal documents. Each document serves a particular purpose. An estate plan can be simple or complex depending on your specific needs. Estate plans have the power to:

  • Identify how you want your wealth inherited in a way that makes sense for each beneficiary and makes it as easy as possible for family and loved ones to administer the estate after a death
  • Take measures to avoid the time and expense of a court-supervised probate process and to streamline administration
  • Minimize the impact of taxes
  • Dictate your medical care plans and wishes
  • Designate any funeral arrangements

The Law Office of Thomas E. Rossmeissl prepares revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, wills, nominations for guardians, and other instruments to achieve these goals.

Start The Planning Process Today

Mr. Rossmeissl will take time to ensure that he understands your goals and objectives and that the estate plan he will prepare for you will meet those goals and objectives. He provides counsel on various estate planning strategies, from selecting appropriate fiduciaries to make financial or medical decisions, to selecting guardians who will be responsible for raising the children if a parent is unable to do so, to various strategies for transferring wealth to the next generation. Located in Los Gatos, he serves clients throughout the surrounding areas including Saratoga, Los Altos, Campbell, San Jose and throughout Santa Clara County. Call 408-883-3520 to schedule a consultation or fill out the contact form to get started.