Unlike many law offices in California that offer general legal services in many different practice areas, we have chosen to focus on one specific area of law. This has allowed our team to become leaders when it comes to estate planning, elder law, and other related legal issues. Take a moment to learn more about each of the different types of service we provide, and if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us right away.
Estate planning is an important process where you arrange your affairs so that all of your assets will be properly transferred and taken care of when you become incapacitated or you pass away. Proper estate planning can help protect your loved ones from probate court, minimize the taxes your estate has to pay, and ensure your assets go where you want them when the time comes.
Once an estate becomes sufficiently large, it is often necessary to set up legal structures to help protect your assets. The most common of these is known as a trust. Your assets can be placed into a trust, which can remain in existence long after you pass away or become incapacitated. If youÃ¢ÂÂre unable to manage the trust yourself, our trust administration team can take care of this important task.
Special Needs Trusts
If you have a special needs child, regardless of their age, it is a good idea to set up a trust that is designed specifically to help ensure they receive the care they need after youÃ¢ÂÂre gone. We can help you create and maintain a trust that will offer your child the protections they require.
When an adult is unable to care for themselves or make their own decisions, it will be necessary for the courts to appoint a competent person or organization to be a conservator. The conservator will provide the necessary care for the conservatee, and is legally obligated to act on their behalf. We can help get you appointed as a conservator, or identify the best person or organization to take on this responsibility for another party.
When someone passes away, their estate may have to pass through probate court. This court is responsible for settling an estate and ensuring that all the assets are distributed according to the wishes of the deceased. This is an often complicated task, and you need to make sure you have an attorney at your side to ensure you receive everything you are entitled to.
If you are elderly, or you have elderly loved ones, you will have specific legal needs that simply didnÃ¢ÂÂt exist in the past. For example, you may need to set up a medical Power of Attorney to ensure someone you trust will act on your behalf should you become unable to make your own decisions. Proper elder care planning will help avoid any problems and ensure you are cared for long into the future.
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If you have had a loved one recently pass away, you may have learned that their estate needs to go through the probate courts. Probate is a court-supervised process where the Last Will and Testament of the deceased is authenticated.
During this process, all their assets will be located and their value appraised. Once done, any final debts will be paid, including bills and taxes. All remaining assets will be distributed to the rightful beneficiaries.
If your loved one didn't have a Will in place, or someone contests the existing Will, the probate courts will hear arguments from anyone making a claim to assets. They will then decide who will receive what assets. Depending on the size and complexity of the estate in question, this process can take months, or even years, to work through.
Don't Face Probate Alone
The probate process can be quite complicated. This is made even worse by the fact that you will be going through it shortly after the death of a loved one. Our team can represent you throughout this process so you will get what you are entitled to and can focus on the more important aspects of mourning your loved one. Contact us to book a free consultation and go through your options during this difficult time.
MARIVEL M. ZIALCITA has been an Attorney for over 15 years and is the founder of MMZ LAW, A Professional Corporation, where she practices in the areas of trust and estate, medical asset protection planning, VA benefits, conservatorship, special needs, trust administration, and probate. Ms. Zialcita is Court Appointed Counsel in Conservatorship Matters for San Bernardino Superior Court representing individuals diagnosed with cognitive disabilities. This appointment is near and dear to her heart as she's acted as Power of Attorney for her late father and currently acts as Power of Attorney for her uncle who has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease.
She is a frequent speaker on trust and estate matters for the National Business Institute and has given in house seminars in the past for organizations such as New York Life, Mass Mutual, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and Chaffey Federal Credit Union. She currently sits on the Board for the Estate Planning Council of Pomona Valley, Community Senior Services and sits on the Advisor's Council for the Community Foundation. She also assists in the pro bono legal services program at the James L. Brulte Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She holds memberships in the State Bar of California, Trust and Estate Section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Gabriel Valley Bar Association, California Advocacy for Nursing Home Reform and the Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. She received her Bachelor in Arts degree from the University of California, in Irvine.
She graduated with honors in Sociology and completed her minor in Classical Civilization. She received her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, ABA/AALS, of San Diego, California and was the recipient of the Dean Merit Scholarship. Marivel M. Zialcita strives to create value and a meaningful experience for all her clients. She is fully committed to best representing them with one hundred percent integrity. She strives to create a space of complete workability in order to deliver on her promise to stand for them in their LIFE and their LEGACY.
She Practices in the areas of Trust & Estates, Elder Law, Special Needs, Conservatorship, Trust Administration and Probate.
Ms. Zialcita is a frequent speaker on Trust and Estate matter and holds memberships in the State Bar of California, Trust and Estate section, The San Bernardino County Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel and California Advocate for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR). She currently assists in the Pro Bono Legal Services Program at the James L. Brute Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
She is based in Claremont and assists clients throughout Southern California. Prior to establishing her own practice, she worked as an associate counsel for two separate Southern California law firms for a total of thirteen years, assisting clients in all areas of Estate Planning, Elder Care and Probate Cases.
Ms. Zialcita received her B.A. Degree from the University of California, Irvine. She graduated with honors in Sociology and completed her minor in Classical Civilization. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, ABA/AALS, of San Diego, California and was the recipient of the Dean Merit Scholarship.
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