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Placer, Nevada, Plumas & Sierra Counties

Estate Planning, Wills, & Trusts
Probate & Real Estate
Business & Consumer Bankruptcy
Criminal Defense in Plumas & Sierra Counties


Estate planning is the creation of a definite plan for managing your wealth while you're alive and distributing it after your death. These assets may be owned by you separately or jointly with others. 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 Lifetime Gifting Joint Ownership Beneficiary Designations Life Estates 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. 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 offer a wealth of free information and free estate planning seminars in our area.

About David J. Heaslett:
David is an attorney licenced to practice in the State of California, and before the Federal Courts, since 1974. David graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and Cum Laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1974. David practiced law in Monterey County from 1974 to 1995, focused primarily in complex Bankruptcy cases and then moved to Plumas County in 1995. David's bankruptcy experience includes representation of debtors and creditors in Chapters 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13. David has represented hospital districts in Inyo, Humboldt, Sierra, Fresno and Plumas Counties and provided advice leading to confirmation of their Chapter 9 plans.

David's local practice focuses on the legal needs of the residents of Plumas, Sierra, Placer and Nevada Counties, including estate planning, the preparation of wills and trusts; the formation of appropriate business entities, corporations, LLCs, or limited partnerships; real estate issues, including the sale or purchase of businesses, and criminal defense. David has provided legal advice and services to water companies, community service districts, hospital districts, and water districts. David has been the Plumas Superior Court Mediator in Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer matters, a Public Defender, and special Deputy District Attorney. David believes strongly that an attorneys responsibility to the client is to provide ethical, timely, solution oriented, cost effective dispute resolution, legal services.