Your Palm Springs Family Law Attorneys
Palm Springs Divorce & Support Attorneys Helping Clients in Coachella Valley
Known and respected in Palm Springs for our honesty, integrity and ethics, we won’t advise you to take a case to trial if it can be fairly resolved simply and inexpensively outside of the courtroom. On the other hand, if your case involves an issue that demands litigation, you can depend on us to aggressively fight for your rights.
We study, analyze and evaluate every possible alternative and then explain your options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Based on our legal experience and knowledge, we will recommend an option, but you will decide how you would like us to proceed. We are here to serve you and to help you resolve critical life issues for the best possible resolution.
Palm Springs Family & Marriage Law
Palm Springs Family Financial Protection: Wills, Trusts & Probate Attorneys
Family Law is not all about conflict resolution. Family Protection Planning is “Life Planning” for happy, healthy families. For years much of our law practice has been devoted to protecting the financial health & security of Palm Springs Families. Wills, trusts and health care directives (living wills) are all family tools for proper protection of what you have and what you will earn over your lifetime. These legal tools protect your assets, limit your tax liability, and permit you to control where your assets will go upon your death. It is a pleasure to help local Palm Springs and Desert area residents with their all-important Family Financial Planning concerns.
Palm Springs Wills & Trusts Lawyers
Attorney Vanessa Sims handles a wide range of Wills, Trusts and Probate matters for clients throughout Palm Springs, Coachella Valley and all of Riverside County, including will contests and estate litigation.
If you are young and just starting out in life and do not have an “estate” to protect, you can still benefit from a healthcare directive that designates someone to make decisions for you if you are unable to do so. A healthcare directive advises your family of your wishes for medical care.
If you have a young family with children, it is imperative to plan for the care of your children should you and your spouse die or become unable to care for them. Naming a guardian can easily be done in a simple will or trust. You may also want to plan for your children’s college, perhaps with an educational trust.
As you become established in your career and your estate grows, a variety of estate planning tools can be used to minimize the impact of taxes today and on your estate after your passing. There are a number of different types of revocable and irrevocable trusts that are essential for this time of your life.
If you own a small business, you will want to plan for business succession which will protect the assets of your company and ensure a smooth transition in management after your retirement or death.
The retirement years are a time when many people want to begin the distribution of family assets to family, heirs, friends and others including charitable giving. We are here to help you with charitable trusts and charitable remainder trusts, as well as financial gifting to family members minimizing or eliminating any tax ramifications. Before you give any significant assets or large lump sums of money, talk with an estate attorney about gift tax issues.
Long term care planning – Finally, when planning your retirement years, it is an important time to consider your long-term care planning, to communicate your wishes regarding end-of-life care, and to designate powers of attorney for healthcare decisions and for financial management. This is especially critical if you are experiencing health problems or your spouse has been diagnosed with a progressive illness such as Alzheimers or dementia. If that is your situation, it is critical to put these powerful protections in place before they are needed.
Review and Modification of Your Current Estate Plan – For those who currently have estate plans in place – if you or your family have recently experienced a change in circumstances — perhaps the birth of a child, a death in the family, or a divorce, this is a good time to review and possibly revise your estate plan to address your new life situation. We are here to assist you in updating your current legal documents to ensure that they are both adequate and enforceable.
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We attempt to connect you with Attorney Vanessa Sims up to 10 PM ~ 7 Days a Week!
Law Offices of Vanessa Sims
“Dedicated to your needs ▪ Focused on your success”
Law Offices of Vanessa Sims
"Dedicated to your needs ▪ Focused on your success"