Practice Areas Overview
The Law Offices of Robin L. Cahill offers comprehensive representation in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and conservatorships and guardianships to clients throughout San Diego County.
We recognize that every client’s situation is unique, therefore every estate plan we prepare is customized to the needs and objectives of that particular client. We have a wealth of experience in elder law issues related to estate planning, including planning for incapacity. Our areas of representation include:
- Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
- Financial Powers of Attorney
- Advance Health Care Directives
We also assist clients with the preparation of premarital agreements, providing them with security and peace of mind.
Elder Law Issues/Planning for Incapacity
A well-drafted, comprehensive estate plan takes into consideration the possibility of a client’s subsequent incapacity. Trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives all serve to protect our clients against the possibility of future incapacity. We have significant experience in elder law issues, including estate planning considerations and representation in conservatorship proceedings.
The term "probate" comes from the Latin term meaning "to prove the will". Probate is the process where a court oversees the administration of a deceased person’s estate, ensuring that any final bills, taxes and expenses are paid, and any remaining assets are distributed to the beneficiaries named in a will, or if the decedent died without a will, or "intestate"- to the decedent’s heirs as defined by the California Probate Code.
We have extensive experience in the area of probate administration, and have the experience and knowledge required to probate estates of all sizes and complexities, ranging from simple to vast estates comprised of business interests and multiple real estate interests.
We offer complete postmortem trust administration, advising our clients about any issues arising during the course of the trust administration, including creditor’s claims, the duties and powers of the trustee, accounting, valuation of assets, trustee compensation and taxation issues.
A conservatorship is necessary when a person becomes unable to manage their own care or their finances, whether due to an accident or illness such as dementia. A conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge determines that a person (the "conservatee") is unable to care for his or her personal well-being or finances, and appoints a conservator to handle the conservatee's care and/or finances. Conservatorships may be general, limited, or temporary in nature.
We assist those facing the permanent or temporary incapacity of a loved one with establishing and administering conservatorships. Robin L. Cahill understands the challenges presented by the incapacity of a loved one and will guide you through this difficult time.
Guardianship is a court proceeding where a judge gives someone custody of the child and/or the power to manage the child’s property and finances. We assist our clients with drafting guardianship provisions in wills, nominating a guardian of the person and the estate for their minor children, and also represent clients in guardianship proceedings.
Contact Us For Assistance
We welcome the opportunity to serve your estate planning, probate and trust administration, and conservatorship and guardianship needs. Contact the Law Offices of Robin L. Cahill for a complimentary consultation with an experienced San Diego trusts and estates attorney.