When Life’s Challenges Require A Legal Response
Planning the future following a major life change can be physically and emotionally difficult. Much can be required of a person at a time when they might not be ready or able to make clear decisions.
At CC LawGroup, A Professional Corporation, we provide sensitive and sensible legal assistance to clients in the East Bay and Tri Valley areas during times of need. We offer services in family law, probate and trust administration, and estate planning areas and can assist you with a wide variety of legal concerns.
Flexible Counsel For You And Your Family’s Unique Needs
At CC LawGroup, we can assist you with difficult matters concerning:
Our firm assists couples seeking or going through a divorce and unmarried parents in resolving issues pertaining to child custody and support, property division, spousal support and payment of related attorney fees. We also draft prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Probate and trust administration
Our firm has vast experience in handling the probate of a decedent’s will as well as administration of a trust including but not limited to changing of trustees, or distribution of trust assets upon the demise of the Settlor (Trustor). As a full-service practice, we can take on all aspects of your case, or just parts of it if you wish. We will sit down with you and determine the best path forward to offer you experienced service that’s within your budget.
Estate planning and administration
Our firm helps clients plan for the future through the drafting of wills and trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives. We also represent families involved in the estate administration process.
If you are in the middle of a divorce, you may have noticed a decline in your mental health. After all, according to Psychology Today, ending a marriage can cause an uptick in anxiety and depression. Because you need to be in an emotionally healthy place to manage your divorce, you should not neglect your mental health.
Just as your divorce can cause your mental health to suffer, your children may not be coping particularly well. Here are three signs your children may not be ok.
1. Social isolation
Your children probably love to spend time with friends, relatives and others. Unfortunately, though, anxiety and depression can cause kids to withdraw socially. Moreover, your kids may respond to divorce-related anxiety and depression by bullying their friends or otherwise pushing them away.
2. Academic issues
Like all parents, you want your children to do well at school. If they begin to have academic issues during your divorce, they may be having trouble managing its emotional fallout. Academic issues can include any of the following:
- Failing to complete schoolwork
- Receiving worse grades
- Misbehaving in class
- Skipping school
Hobbies can make any child better-rounded, so you probably encourage your kids to explore their interests and passions. If the young ones in your family become ambivalent about things they have always enjoyed, their mental health may be in jeopardy.
It is not uncommon for concerned parents to ask a family therapist to help their children develop the tools they need to cope with the psychological consequences of divorce. Ultimately, if you worry about your kids, doing so also can give you some peace of mind.
If you are going through a divorce, you are probably looking forward to putting the entire matter far behind you. Still, to improve your chances of achieving the outcome you desire, you must be thinking clearly. After all, you are going to have to make dozens of decisions before your divorce becomes final.
Anxiety can interfere with your decision-making capabilities, of course. Regrettably, according to Psychology Today, it is far from uncommon for divorcing spouses to develop crippling anxiety. How you deal with your new levels of anxiety, though, is likely to make a significant difference.
Should you talk to your doctor?
Modern medicine gives doctors a variety of options for treating anxiety, so you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Your physician may recommend dietary changes, exercise, counseling or medication. Nevertheless, because not all primary care physicians have the expertise to deal with anxiety, you may need to ask for a referral.
Should you go to therapy?
Divorce therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years. With this type of counseling, you meet with a licensed therapist who has experience dealing with divorce-related mental-health issues. Your therapist can recommend coping strategies, listen to your fears and help you access additional services.
Should you tell your loved ones?
Anxiety can contribute to major behavioral and mood changes. Rather than hoping for the best, it may be beneficial to talk about your anxiety with those who are closest to you. Often, simply letting loved ones know how you are feeling helps to alleviate the potentially catastrophic effects of anxiety.
Ultimately, if you address your anxiety before it gets out of control, you will be in a better position to deal with your divorce and everything that comes after it.
The estate tax is a tax imposed on a person’s assets after death. California does not have an estate tax, but there is still a federal estate tax that might need to get paid.
In preparing your estate plan, you should determine if your estate will owe tax and how to deal with it.
Exemption amounts and planning
The federal estate tax is only due on an estate when the total value exceeds $12.06 million in 2022. This is an exemption amount for each individual. Married couples can pass an unlimited number of assets to their spouse on death and can set up certain trusts that will allow each spouse a full individual exemption to effectively double the exemption amount.
Tax rates on an estate increase as the total value over the exemption amount rises. The rates start at 18% and go up to 40% for estates that have a value of more than $1 million over the exemption amount.
Paying the tax
If you know that your estate will owe federal tax, you may want to plan how that tax will get paid. You can prepare a certain amount of cash assets available to the estate for its obligations. If sufficient cash is unavailable, your beneficiaries may have to liquidate other assets, such as a business or real estate, to pay the tax.
You probably want as much of your hard-earned wealth to go to your beneficiaries as possible. It is essential to plan for estate taxes to avoid paying more tax than necessary.
Sensible Solutions, At A Value That’s Hard To Beat
Whether you are going through a divorce, dealing with the aftermath of a broken marriage or planning for a future after your death or incapacity, we have the legal experience and tools to assist you in meeting your personal and financial needs.
We also understand the importance of avoiding costly litigation when it’s unnecessary for your case. We always try to resolve your legal challenges as effectively as possible outside of the courtroom, yet are still prepared to take your case to trial when it’s best for you or your family.