The Law Offices of Michelle Evans provides family law and estate planning services,
helping people in the communities of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley,
Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Ojai, Goleta, Santa
Maria, and the Santa Rosa Valley.
Michelle Evans is a California State Bar Certified Attorney with offices in Ventura
County and Santa Barbara County. Family Law issues include: Divorce, Spousal / Child
Support, and Child Custody.
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The Law Offices of Michelle Evans helps clients make and implement estate plans to
protect the people and assets that are most important to them. When drafting the
vital legal documents, we consider tax planning, Medicaid planning, veterans benefits,
business planning and asset protection strategies. We welcome clients of any income
level and at any stage of life, including caregivers of the elderly, throughout the
Central Coast, including the areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura County.
We Help Individuals Plan for the Future
A properly drafted Will or Trust is a guide map that leaves no doubt about your wishes.
Many individuals are under the misconception that a Will alone will allow them to
avoid a probate and thereby, court. This is not true and in many instances, a Trust
is a much more effective tool. Some of the trusts which we create for clients include:
Living Trusts: A trust that the creator can alter or cancel during his or her lifetime.
Only after death does the property transfer to the beneficiaries.
Marital Trusts: This trust attempts to avoid estate taxes by transferring an unlimited
of property to a spouse upon the first spouse's death. No estate taxes are due and
the surviving spouse receives the income from the assets generated in this trust.
Insurance Trusts: An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) is a trust that provides
money to your beneficiaries at the time of your death. It can be a useful tool in
setting aside cash proceeds to pay estate taxes with later.
Special Needs Trusts: This trust is important when you have a disabled family member.
It allows them to receive income without reducing their ability to qualify for public
assistance. These trusts are irrevocable, and are thus protected from creditors.
Charitable Trusts: These trusts give property to a charity in order to avoid taxes.
We can create contingent trusts that give property to a charity only if you are facing
Personal Care in Estate Planning
A trust is a helpful estate planning tool for those people who wish to avoid estate
taxes and the high costs associated with probate. At the Law Offices of Michelle
Evans, we will not set up a trust that you do not need. Our firm will work with you
to create an estate plan which provides the protection you are seeking without any
unnecessary confusion. We will discuss your concerns and your needs before recommending
any type of plan. We feel that by understanding your state of affairs, we can create
an estate plan that is truly reflective of your goals.
Contact an Experienced Santa Barbara Trust Attorney
To learn more about how proper estate planning can help you and your surviving loved
ones avoid probate and potential Will disputes, contact the Law Offices of Michelle
Evans, we work with clients in both the Santa Barbara and Ventura areas. To schedule
a free consultation call us at 805-242-6270 or e-mail our office today.