LAW OFFICES OF ALLEN M. SOWLE, LL.M.
Allen M. Sowle, LL.M. is licensed to practice law in the States of California and Florida. California Offices are located at 4630 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, California 94114.
Estate Planning Services
Estate planning ensures your assets are distributed as you'd like them to be when you die. Successful estate planning transfers your assets to your beneficiaries quickly and with minimal tax consequences. Estate planning can also assure that family members know how you'd like your financial and medical affairs to be handled should you become incapable of making your own decisions.
It is important to traditional families (married couples) as well as others (single parents, unmarried couples, gays and lesbians) to have these documents in place before you need them.
Estate planning is not only for the very wealthy. But whether or not you have sizeable financial assets, it's likely you have possessions that have significant value to you and to those you care about. Remember, all of your assets are included in your estate, and adding up the value of your assets can be an eye-opening experience. When you include your home, investments, retirement savings, and life insurance policies you own, you may be surprised at the value of your estate.
Wills & Trust
A will is a legal document designating the transfer of your property and assets after you die. If you die without a will the court steps in and distributes your property according to the laws of your state, which may or may not coincide with your wishes. If you have no apparent heirs and die without a will, it's even possible the state will claim your estate. Remember, wills are not just for the rich; your will ensures that whatever your assets, they will go to the family members or other beneficiaries you designate.
Bear in mind that having a will is especially important if you have young children because it gives you the opportunity to designate a guardian for them in the event of your death. Without a will, the court will appoint a guardian.
A trust is a legal arrangement that allows you to place assets aside for the benefit of whomever you choose to be the beneficiaries of the trust. A trust is a legal vehicle to hold assets.
An experienced attorney can also help you keep your property out of probate court by setting up a living trust for you to pass your property directly to your intended heirs.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney is your legal permission for another adult to act on your behalf. The permission can be granted for a specific, limited purpose or for a general purpose.
When would I want to give someone my power of attorney?
An important use for a power of attorney is if you become incapacitated. Establishing a power of attorney in advance allows you to plan for who will be making decisions that affect your legal, financial and/or medical well-being, in case you become incapacitated (such as through illness or by accident) and are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.
The regular durable power of attorney becomes effective when it is signed and notarized. A "springing" durable power of attorney becomes effective in the future should you become incapacitated.
What is a durable power of attorney for health care?
The document gives authority to make health care decisions for you, including consent or refusal or withdrawal of consent for any care related to your physical or mental condition.
Real Estate Services
Residential Real Estate
There are many reasons to hire a real estate attorney for your real estate needs in buying or selling your home or other residential property. As a qualified real estate attorney, Allen M. Sowle can protect you from costly mistakes, errors in the documents, and other problems that could lead to litigation or other expensive legal action.
Commercial Real Estate
Real estate attorneys also represent and assist individuals and business entities in a variety of commercial real estate issues including real estate investment opportunities, acquisitions and sales, real estate construction and development, farm and ranch acquisitions and sales, leasing, landlord/tenant matters, land use, zoning, eminent domain, financing, refinancing, mortgages and foreclosures, and other commercial real estate matters.
Co-Ownership of Real Estate
When individuals share ownership of property, a real estate attorney can help you define the terms of that ownership and point out the advantages and disadvantages of the two most common forms of ownership: owning as tenants in common or owning as joint tenants with rights of survivorship.