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Cornerstone Estate Planning

9500 Artesia Blvd Bellflower,

CA  90706

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2500 E Ball Rd, Suite 200
Anaheim, Orange County 92806

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777 S. Figueroa #1390
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Three Levels Of Planning

You Choose The Level That Fits Your Family

Estate planning at Cornerstone Estate Planning is not “one size fits all” or “cookie cutter.”

We offer three levels of planning to suit your varying needs, and you get to choose the level of planning that best fits your family.

From starter plans designed primarily for families with young children and not yet much in the way of financial wealth, to more robust plans for well-established families concerned with matters of asset protection, preservation and increased growth, we have you covered.

 

Personalized Service And Fees

We have priced our planning for you at the intersection of affordability and effectiveness.


Depending on what you need, our fees range from around $2,000 for those not worried about keeping family out of court, up to $8,000 for an extensive plan that provides significant asset protection after death and maximum protection for your assets from inadvertent loss to the state department of unclaimed property or the court process.


If you are looking for the cheapest planning you can find, you may as well read up and do it yourself because you will get the same quality of planning online as you will with any lawyer who is charging fees less than what we offer here.


When we meet for your Family Wealth Planning Session, we will review our three planning levels with you, and you will choose your own fee based on your budget and the planning options that are most important to you and your family.

Helping You Throughout All Stages In Life

We represent families throughout varying stages of life:

  • ​Traditional two parent families or single parents wishing to provide for and protect their children and themselves;

  • ​Unmarried couples who are either solidifying their relationship through proper planning or dissolving their relationship with the assistance of caring counsel;

  • ​Blended families negotiating the challenges of creating new relationships with varying expectations;

  • ​Families with special needs looking to ensure that their children with special needs will be taken care of and able to continue to receive government assistance;

  • ​High net worth families seeking strategies for minimizing estate and income taxes;

  • ​Estate executors and beneficiaries navigating the court process of probate administration; and

  • ​Family members or trustees carrying out the legacy left behind through a trust administration.

We Help You Ensure Your Plan Is Current

Your plan needs to evolve with you as your life changes and as the law changes.

We have designed unique annual membership programs to ensure your plan continues to work throughout your lifetime, that your assets are always owned in the right way and that you are able to feel confident calling us with any legal issue without ever worrying about receiving a bill in the mail for hourly fees.


Whether you participate in one of our membership programs or not, we keep all of our clients updated about changes in the law and issues that might affect your life.


We often serve the whole family and multiple generations of the same family.


From free estate checkups for elderly parents to basic planning documents for young adult children, become part of our client family and feel how much we care.

Your Family's Lawyer For Life

Serving You Now And Always

Our Family Wealth VIP Membership Programs are part of what set us apart and allow us to ensure your plan works to keep your family out of court and out of conflict and to care for you and your family throughout all of life's stages.

 

At most estate planning law firms the relationship ends when you sign your documents. Not so with us. At Cornerstone Estate Planning we see the signing of your estate planning documents as just the beginning of our relationship with your family.

 

And that's how it should be because your life will change, your assets will change and the law will change. Your plan needs to change along the way as well.

Make Sure Your Plan Changes With Your Life, Your Assets and the Law

Over time, your assets will change, your family will change, the law will change and your life will change.


Your plan must accommodate all of these changes in order to make sure your plan works when your family needs it the most.


If your plan is not properly updated over time, your documents become worthless – worth no more than the paper they were printed on. And the costs of failing to update are typically far greater than keeping your plan current.


In addition, we ensure your assets are owned in the right way throughout your lifetime. There are currently billions of dollars sitting in state departments of unclaimed property throughout the U.S. and we never want to see a penny of your assets there. Nor do we want to see your family to be stuck dealing with the court system when you’ve worked so diligently to make things as easy as possible for them.


That’s why we prepare your Family Wealth Inventory of your assets and keep it up to date year after year so your loved ones can always locate what you own and how you own it if and when necessary.

Three-Year Plan Review Is Included With Every Plan

With each of our estate plans we include a no-charge three-year review to ensure that as your life changes, so does your estate plan and to confirm your assets are held properly for maximum protection.

Additional Benefits Provided Under Our Membership Plans

Our Family Wealth VIP Membership Programs are designed with maximum protection and service in mind:

  • ​Annual plan review with unlimited plan amendments

  • ​Annual review of your assets and update to your asset spreadsheet

  • ​Annual Family Wealth Legacy Interviews to transition your most important and most frequently lost family wealth – who you are and what’s most important to you

  • ​Family Wealth VIP Membership Program that provides 24-7 online access to health care and guardianship documents

  • ​Substantial discount on our fees for advising your loved ones after you are gone

  • ​And much more, including valuable membership enrollment bonuses


For more information about our unique Family Wealth VIP Membership Programs, schedule your Family Wealth Planning Session online.

We’ll review what you own, who you love, and what would happen under your current plan or the state's default plan for you.

Then we will personally design a plan that fits exactly your family and your desires and you can enroll on our Family Wealth VIP Membership Program to keep your tailored plan up-to-date always.

 

More Than Just Your Money

Leaving A Real Legacy That Captures Who You Are And What Is Important To You

How We Guide You to Leave a Legacy That’s About Much More Than Just Your Money

After you are gone, your loved ones will miss you deeply. They will long for your words of counsel and concern. Hearing your voice again would be a tremendous gift.


Through our unique legacy process, you can give your loved ones the most precious gift – a lasting expression of your love.


What could be more valuable?


We believe estate planning is not just about transferring your financial assets and personal belongings. It’s equally about capturing and transferring your valuable intangible gifts: who you are and what's important to you – your values, insights, stories and experiences.

Let Me Tell You A Story

Several years ago, the dad of one of my colleagues died. He had left her a voicemail message on her cell phone and for years after he died, she would listen to it when she missed him. Until the very bad day when the voicemail was accidentally deleted.


How she wishes she still had that voicemail message.

Or even better, that she had a recording of her dad telling her what he loved about her, what his hopes for her were, what life lessons were most important to him, what values he most wanted for her, or even just saying her nickname that he had always called her.

You Could Make A Recording, But Who Has Time?

When I was first in practice, I would tell my clients to record a message for their loved ones and put it in a safe place or simply write notes to their children letting them know how they felt about them.


But so few people ever actually did it.


We just get so caught up with the day to day of our lives that focusing in on leaving a legacy seems to take a back seat.

We Help You Capture These Precious Moments

We realized we would have to build this into our planning process and not make it just another thing you’ll get done someday.


That’s why at Firm Name we make it part of our planning for every client to help you capture and pass on more than just your money: your intellectual, spiritual and human assets.

We help you capture who you are and what’s important to you.

What Would It Be Worth?

Can you picture someone who has passed away, someone you love and miss deeply? Can you recall a conversation you had with them? Can you remember the sound of their voice and what they told you? What if you could hear their voice again? What if they could speak to you – heart to heart – and share their wisdom and advice?


What would it be worth to you to hear their words one more time?


What is it worth to you to know that they’ll always know exactly how much you love them? It’s worth a lot to us and we are honored to be able to provide you and your family with this gift.


For more information about how we help you pass on your most valuable assets – your values, insights, stories and experiences – to your loved ones, or about our resources for leaving your family with a true legacy, please contact us.


Or schedule your Family Wealth Planning Session online ​and we’ll discuss together exactly how we build this into our planning process designed exactly for people like you who want to leave a real legacy.

 

How Much Does Estate Planning Cost?

Why Cost Matters

As you can imagine, we get the question “How much does an estate plan cost?” quite frequently.


This is a good question that I want to answer for you as clearly as I can, given that there is not a “one-size-fits-all solution” for every family.


If a lawyer can tell you exactly what your plan would cost via email or over the phone without a comprehensive discovery process, I would run quickly away from that lawyer.


Because you see, this is exactly why most estate plans fail.


Families shop around based on price (because they don’t know any other way to shop for an estate plan) and they end up with a traditional plan, which is a set of documents that do not actually work when the family needs them.


If you would like to read more about this, please read my article here on “how shopping around for an estate plan could leave your family with an unexpected, expensive, unintended mess.”​

Here Is What I Can Assure You

We have designed and priced our estate planning options for you and your family at the intersection of affordability and effectiveness.


We start the planning process with your personal Family Wealth Planning Session, which is designed to get you more financially organized than you have ever been before.


Even if you never do any planning with us, the preparation for your Family Wealth Planning Session alone is a hugely valuable process for you and your family because you will create a full inventory of your assets and ensure your family knows exactly what you have and where it is located.


Then when we meet in person we will review everything you own and discuss everyone you love, and you will understand exactly what would happen to everything you own and everyone you love in the event of your death or incapacity.  


If you do not have a plan, we will cover the plan the state has for you.


If you do have an existing plan, we will review your current plan with you. (We call this an Estate Plan Checkup and Review).


If you are not happy with the plan the state has for you, or your existing plan, you will tell us what you would want to change and we will look at the most effective, efficient and affordable way to achieve your goals. Plus, we will help ensure that no matter what happens, none of your hard-earned assets will be lost to the state department of unclaimed property when something happens to you.


Here is the most important part for you to know about this: you will be making informed, educated, empowered decisions for the people you love, not just shopping around based on price.

You Choose Your Planning Level

With all of that background in mind: Your Family Wealth Planning Session is a value of $750, or if you have an existing estate plan that you want your attorney to review as part of this process, then your Estate Plan Checkup and Review is a value of $950.


The great part is if you would like to do preparation ahead of time to make your appointment as valuable a use of your time as possible, then you can schedule online below, follow the instructions as to how to prepare for your appointment, secure your appointment time with a credit card (nothing is charged on your card so long as you keep your appointment and complete the preparation in advance), and then your appointment fee is waived.


The awesome thing about the preparation is that you will be more organized than you have ever been before because you will create a full inventory of your assets and ensure your family knows exactly what you have and where it is located.


We offer a complete zeroing out of the planning session fee in that case because your commitment to the preparation before the meeting saves me time, which saves you money.


If after reading this you are ready to make informed, empowered, educated decisions for the people you love (instead of just shopping around for the cheapest plan, which is unlikely to work when your family needs it), schedule your Family Wealth Planning Session today.

We Help You Capture These Precious Moments

We realized we would have to build this into our planning process and not make it just another thing you’ll get done someday.


That’s why at Firm Name we make it part of our planning for every client to help you capture and pass on more than just your money: your intellectual, spiritual and human assets.

We help you capture who you are and what’s important to you.

What Would It Be Worth?

Can you picture someone who has passed away, someone you love and miss deeply? Can you recall a conversation you had with them? Can you remember the sound of their voice and what they told you? What if you could hear their voice again? What if they could speak to you – heart to heart – and share their wisdom and advice?


What would it be worth to you to hear their words one more time?


What is it worth to you to know that they’ll always know exactly how much you love them? It’s worth a lot to us and we are honored to be able to provide you and your family with this gift.


For more information about how we help you pass on your most valuable assets – your values, insights, stories and experiences – to your loved ones, or about our resources for leaving your family with a true legacy, please contact us.


Or schedule your Family Wealth Planning Session online ​and we’ll discuss together exactly how we build this into our planning process designed exactly for people like you who want to leave a real legacy.