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Mark H. Boykin is located in Woodland Hills, California, and serves clients throughout
Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and Ventura County including the cities of
West Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth,
Simi Valley, Tarzana, Encino, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles
County, Ventura County, California
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planing • Elder Law • Probate
ERISA • Employee Benefits Litigation • Business Law
Protect Your Estate and Your Heirs
In the State of California, estate planning is particularly important. Either assets
you wish to leave your loved one are protected by a trust, or the probate court steps
Every substantial estate must pass through probate. For those with planning tools
in place, this becomes a quick, almost rubber-stamp process. However, estates in
Los Angeles County without trusts that are forced to settle every issue through the
probate court system may suffer heavy consequences.
These may affect—
Speed: A properly set-up trust takes 8 to 12 months to be resolved and distributions
made. A simple probate case with no complications takes a minimum of 12 to 18 months.
Privacy: Through a trust, settling an estate is a private matter. Probate cases
settled in court are a matter of public record that anyone may read.
Value: A trust ensures the full value of a closely-held business is passed on to
heirs. A business providing a service depending on one person’s skills (accountant,
lawyer, physical therapist, etc.) may suffer 100% loss in value without proper planning
if that key person should pass away.
An Experienced Lawyer Makes a Big Difference
Lawyers without specific knowledge of the California probate system may cost their
clients large fees and substantial delays — merely by failing to follow up in a timely
manner. This is a very detailed area of law.
Inexperienced lawyers may also craft imperfect trusts and other estate planning tools
that may be subject to future court challenges and suits between family members.
Don’t Hesitate to Learn How to Protect Assets - Arrange a Free Consultation Today
During your free initial consultation, Mark Boykin can quickly identify issues and
determine the best possible course of action for you and your family members.
Call the Law Office of Mark Boykin at 818-883-0871 or send and email via our online
contact form to arrange for your free initial consultation at his Woodland Hills,
CA office. Mark will respond to you personally.