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Create a California Living Trust

Looking to avoid probate? Want to avoid costly legal fees and ensure more of your total estate makes it to your heirs instead of getting tied up in court? In most states, a living trust may be the estate planning tool you need. Create a California living trust and control now what you won't be able to control later.

When you create a California living trust, you create a legal entity separate from yourself. You then become what is called a "grantor" by transferring ownership of your major property to this entity. You still retain control of your assets, since grantors usually appoint themselves the initial trustee. When you pass away, you personally do not lose ownership of your assets, since they are owned by the trust. Instead, the trust gives control over assets to your designee.

When planning this type of estate, certain things cannot be included: like planning for guardians for your children. You may need a pour-over will in addition to your living trust. LegalZoom includes this will with the fee for doing your California living trust.

Each state handles living trusts differently. At LegalZoom, we accurately tailor your living trust to the needs and requirements of California. You can rest assured that with correctly prepared, customized documents, you can meet every one of your estate management goals, without paying unnecessary legal fees. Join the thousands of people who have successfully planned their future, form your living trust with LegalZoom, today!