Our firm focus is building strong client relationships while helping people create a comprehensive estate plan to guide and protect their families. Probate and trust administration can be difficult. We are here to take the stress off of the family.
Our firm is built on always putting the needs the client first and offering compassion during difficult times. We also place a strong emphasis on education and communication with our clients.
Attorney Ryan Fender established the Law Office of Ryan E. Fender because he saw an opportunity to transform the traditional estate planning experience that most clients have. Whether we are creating an estate plan, helping administer a trust after someone has passed, or helping you navigate the probate process, our goal is to create a lifelong relationship and always be a resource to you.
At the heart of the law firm are the core values that drive us every day.
Being passionate about what we do
-Always putting the clients needs first
-Offering compassion during difficult times
-Creating plans that are driven by a purpose, not just avoiding probate and taxes
-Believing that our work makes a real difference in the life of our clients and their families
-Understanding that everyone's situation is unique, and our approach should reflect this
-Being honest and setting proper expectations at the beginning of our relationship
-Always maintaining communication with our clients
Prior to establishing the Law Office of Ryan E. Fender, attorney Fender worked with clients who were going through the probate process or being forced to litigate a trust because it was not properly drafted. By following the core values above, Ryan realized that many of the issues that lead to trust litigation can be avoided. The key is building a strong relationship with our clients. We take the time to gain an understanding of the family, understand your goals, and help educate you so that you can make informed decisions when establishing your plan. We want you to be confident knowing that you have put a plan in place that is effective and works the way you intended.
Understanding the various estate planning options and knowing what issues to consider are critical when designing a plan. This is why we offer free seminars to educate others before they put a plan in place. Everyone who attends a seminar is also offered a free 90 minute consultation so that they can further discuss their own needs. We understand that discussing personal, family, and financial matters with an attorney you just met can be difficult. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable discussing your concerns and be confident that we are the right firm to offer you a solution. We welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation with us. We never share your information and will never be offended or upset if you decide not to retain us. We understand that not every relationship is the proper fit and respect any decision you make.
When someone only has a Will or no plan at all, their family is left to navigate the difficult and time consuming process of probate. We are here to help you every step of the way to ensure mistakes are avoided and the process is as smooth and efficient as possible.
For those who are trustees of a trust, we encourage you to meet with an attorney to understand your duties and liabilities, and what you should do to ensure the trust is properly administered. It is common for us to find that a trustee is unaware of how to manage the trust which can lead to expensive litigation and can cause the trustee to have personal liability. When hiring our firm for trust administration, we guide you through the entire process and help you make informed decisions so that you are not subjecting yourself to possible personal liability.
300 E. State St.
Redlands CA 92373
Free initial consultation
Estate Planning services are offered for a fixed fee. Many probate matters and trust administration services are also offered for a fixed rate.
Our firm is confident in our ability to create a plan that meets your needs and also the needs of your beneficiaries.
Estate planning is the creation of a definite plan for managing your wealth while you are alive and distributing it after your death. These assets may be owned by you separately or jointly with others. Another critical component is creating a plan that preserves family harmony and passes on your legacy. Often times this includes incorporating provisions to protects your beneficiaries from losing their inheritance in the event of a divorce or lawsuit. This can also include placing assets in a Special Needs Trust for someone who may be receiving government benefits or placing assets in an incentive trust for younger beneficiaries or those who may need more guidance to aid in making better decisions during life.
Estate planning is the preservation and the distribution of your assets, both during your life and upon your death. It is accomplishing your personal and family goals and easing the management of your financial and legal affairs, as well as minimizing taxes if your estate is large enough for taxes to be of concern. When we talk about an estate, we mean all assets of any value that you own, including real property, business interests, investments, insurance proceeds, personal property and even your personal effects. An estate plan generally refers to the means by which your estate is passed on to your loved ones on your death. Estate planning can be accomplished through a variety of methods, including:
Revocable Living Trusts
Last Will and Testament / Probate
Problems often arise when people don't coordinate all of these methods of passing on their estate. If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you will ensure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and is carried out in the manner you've chosen. You can rest assured that your family won't have to endure the public process and costly matter of probate., the government won't be able to take what you've spent a lifetime building, and you can help preserve family harmony. But you need to be aware of the many options that exist in estate planning and you must choose your estate planning attorney wisely.
We want you to feel confident about the choices you make. Let us be your guide on the path toward preserving your family's future.
Probate, Estate Planning, and Trust Administration Services
If your family has experienced the loss of a family member, our law firm can assist you with the legal process that occurs when a loved one passes away. Our law firm strongly believes that a wisely drafted, carefully executed estate plan is the critical component of a family's wealth management. Our firms guiding principle is to provide families with quality Trust Administration and Probate services tailored to each clients specific needs and goals.
Included below is a brief list of the actions which you or your Personal Representative and Trustee should take immediately upon death. (Many of these actions may similarly be required in the event of incapacity). This is not intended as an exhaustive or detailed explanation of all actions which should be taken. Rather, it is for use as a checklist to help the appointed representatives step in and handle as expeditiously as possible those items which demand immediate attention.
1. Consider advising any surviving family member who is alone to telephone a friend who can share the next few hours. Shock and trauma due to the death of a relative can take unexpected forms.
2. Notify a funeral director and clergy, and make an appointment to discuss funeral arrangements. Request several copies of decedents death certificate, which you'll need for his or her employer, life insurance companies, and/or decedents attorney for legal procedures.
3. Contact by phone and notify the immediate family, close friends, business colleagues and employer.
4. Arrange for care for members of the immediate family, including appropriate child care, having people at the decedents house, etc.
5. Locate the decedents important papers. Gather as many of the decedents papers as possible, and continue to do so for the next few weeks.
6. Contact our office for a consultation or notify the attorney who will be handling the decedents affairs. Make an appointment immediately because a tax return may be due within nine (9) months of death. This meeting is important to review decedents estate planning documents and to discuss state and federal death taxes that may be payable. The attorney will also determine the extent to which it is necessary or advisable to open a probate estate. (In the event of incapacity, the attorney may suggest additional steps which should be taken for estate planning purposes, particularly if death is imminent.)
7. Telephone decedents employee benefits office with the following information: name, Social Security number, date of death (or incapacity); whether the death (or incapacity) was due to accident or illness; and your name and address. The company can begin to process benefits immediately.
8. If decedent was eligible for Medicare, notify the local program office and provide the same information as in Step # 7.
9. Notify life, accident or disability insurers of decedents death or disability. Give the same information as in Step # 7, and ask what further information is needed to begin processing your claim. Ask which payment option decedent had elected, and select another option if you would so prefer. If there is no payment option, you will be paid in a lump sum.
10. Notify the decedents Social Security office of the death. Claims may be expedited if a surviving family member goes in person to the nearest office to investigate making a claim for survivors benefits. Look for the address under U.S. Government in the phone book.
11. If you need emergency cash before insurance claims are paid, a cash advance may be available from life insurance benefits to which you are entitled.
12. If decedent was ever in the military service, notify the Veterans Administration. Surviving relatives may be eligible for death or disability benefits.
13. Record in a small ledger all money you or the immediate family spends. These figures may be needed for tax returns.
14. Remember that a surviving family member may be in a highly emotional state. Therefore, they should avoid entering contracts for anything, and avoid spending or lending large sums of money. For our clients, consult the section of the Portfolio titled Other Documents before proceeding further.
15. DO NOT CHANGE THE TITLE OF ANY ASSETS! This can create unnecessary problems for you. Please contact our office for a consultation before you start this process.
We offer free, no obligation consultations for any family who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
Ryan Fender is the founding attorney of the Law Office of Ryan E. Fender. He believes his passion for helping others and truly enjoying what he does is what makes him a great attorney. When Ryan was 9 years old his father passed away from cancer. His father was only 31 when he died. His parents were young and were not prepared for this loss. Ryan saw firsthand the hardships this placed on his family and made it his mission to ensure that when he had a family, they would be taken care of in the event something was to happen to him. He also grew up surrounded by a large extended family and believes this led him to have a strong compassion for others. He values friends and family and has created a firm that focuses on maintaining family harmony and preserving the memory of those we have lost. His mission is to ensure other families, no matter how young or old, are properly prepared for the inevitable and are creating plans that will preserve their legacy while bringing families together instead of pulling them apart.
Prior to going to law school, Mr. Fender managed his own home theater and TV installation business. He oversaw a staff of 55 and serviced over 15,000 clients on an annual basis. His business experience not only prepared him to run his own law practice but taught him how critical customer service and client communication are. Ryan requires his firm to be detailed orientated and always go the extra mile to ensure a clients needs are taken care of.
His first business was successful, but he felt the need to do something that had a more meaningful impact on the lives of others. This led him to pursue his law degree. He attended Northwestern California University School of Law and graduated 6th in his class. He successfully completed the bar exam on his first attempt and began his legal career. Initially he was unsure what area of law he wanted to practice but knew it had to put him in a position where he felt he could make a real and positive impact on the lives of others. He quickly discovered his passion in estate planning and probate.
Ryan is a habitual student and is always looking for ways to improve his practice and his knowledge of the law.
Ryan grew up in Yucaipa and feels a strong sense of community to the area. When not working, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids. He also enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking, and Angels baseball.
Bar Number: 315532
Northwestern California University
Juris Doctor, 2017
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