This office prepares all types of Trusts. The most common type of trust prepared in California is a revocable living trust. It is specifically designed to enable your estate to be distributed without a probate. Generally, probate proceedings are costly, lengthy and public and, if at all possible, should be avoided. Trusts avoid probate by having all of the assets that would cause a probate to be vested in the trust and not in the decedent's individual name. For the most part the creators of these types of trusts remain in charge because they are the Trustees (i.e. the managers) and are the ones who get to enjoy the trust's property (i.e. the beneficiaries).
Trusts can be used for many purposes other than probate avoidance. For example, if you have minor children it can make sure their inheritance is properly managed until they can handle their own affairs. A Trust can be written to give a beneficiary use for life of a particular asset and then provide that it will pass on to another beneficiary. Or a trust can be used to manage an adult beneficiary's inheritance if they can not manage it for themselves (for whatever reason). Finally, if a child is receiving public assistance and coming into an inheritance would disqualify them from receiving those benefits, a "Special Needs Trust" can be created.