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Estate Planning, Charitable Giving
And The Northern California Conference

The Planned Giving Department provides information to individuals that will assist them in using gift planning documents such as Wills, Trusts, Gift Annuities, Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives; that will provide for and protect family members and support God's work in Northern California and beyond.

Our department has received the highest possible accreditation by the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and certification for all of our planned giving professional staff. We are committed to assisting you with helpful information regarding the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift and to assist you with planning for the distribution of your estate. Please give us a call at 916-886-5699 and we will be happy to assist you.

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What is Probate - and why all the fuss?
In recent history, the process called PROBATE has gotten a bad reputation.
Granted, just like everything else in our current and complicated world, PROBATE can seem to cause more problems than it solves.
But really, truly, it is there to protect the estate of the deceased.
What does Probate do?
In its most basic form, Probate:
  • Proves - In court - that the will is a valid will.
  • Allows an appropriate time period, for challenges to that will to be considered.
Depending on the completeness and/or complexity of the documents, Probate can also
assume the responsibility for:
  • Identifying and Inventorying the deceased person's property
  • Having property appraised
  • Paying debts and taxes, and even
  • Distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.
When Is Probate Necessary?
Generally speaking, Probate is usually required when the deceased person's personal property value is in excess of a certain value, set by the state in which you live.
How Long Does It Take?

There are many variables than can determine how long a probate will take. Whether or not there is a Will is a big factor, as is the complexity of the assets making up the estate and the time that may be required to sell certain assets. Also, if someone files an objection to contest a Will this can cause a probate to last one or even several years. However, the average uncontested probate should take no longer than six to nine months to conclude.

What are the Costs of Probate?
Probate costs may vary greatly with each estate and there are several factors that can be involved.
  • Estate Complexity
  • Challenges to the will
  • Administrator Compensation
  • Probate Bond
  • Court Filing Fees
  • Attorney Fees
  • Creditor Notice Fees
Taking time now to have your Will (or a Will coupled with a Living Trust) drawn up and settled will not only help speed up the probate process, but it also protects those you love from unwanted drama in the courtroom.
This information is for general use only.  Every estate is different based upon the type of property, assets and family situation.  For information specific to your situation, we urge you to talk with an attorney.



Power of Attorney

If you want to be sure that a person you trust will be able to make decisions for you when you are unable to do so, you can create a power of attorney agreement for healthcare or finances. A power of attorney for healthcare allows a person (known as your agent) to make decisions about the medical care you will or will not receive. A power of attorney for finances allows your agent to manage your financial affairs. Your agent must make decisions consistent with what they know your wishes are, even if they personally disagree. If they do not know your wishes on a particular matter, they must act in your best interest. You can give your agent broad authority to make decisions related to your financial or health care needs, or you can limit their authority to certain types of decisions. Depending on your needs, we can help you create a power of attorney agreement that will be active immediately, will go into effect if you become incapacitated, or will only be in effect for a limited time or under specific circumstances.

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