More Than Just Money
When people think of estate planning, they might think of it primarily as a question of what happens to their money. But, to us, estate planning is about so much more than money; estate planning is about your ability to create a future for your family and loved ones that provides for their emotional, physical, and financial needs in a way that reflects your values and vision.
At The Ledbetter Law Firm, APC, one of our foundational missions is to provide the type of personalized estate planning that recognizes that no two families are the same; and that often the things we want to pass down to our children and heirs are the family guidance and values that no amount of money can buy. It is this guidance and values that will help our loved ones live secure and stable lives full of opportunity and rich with resources and support.
Build Your Family’s Legacy
Estate planning involves a range of legal tools and instruments, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other resources that can help you plan not only for your family’s future but your own future as well. At its basic level, estate planning involves a decision of what parties should receive your property upon your death (without a will, a California court will decide for you) as well as basic asset protection issues related to probate and taxes.
Firm founder Thomas Ledbetter’s interest in estate planning began in 2009 with the birth of his first daughter. When he and his wife searched for estate planning advice, and found that, while many attorneys offered such advice, it was limited to those most basic issues of who should receive property and how to protect assets. What was missing was guidance on how to pass down values and build meaningful family legacies.
Thomas saw that there was a shortage of estate planning attorneys who have the ability to work with families and estate holders to determine what those values are, who can envision future legacies guided by those values, and who can implement the proper estate planning tools and strategies to make those future visions a reality. Seeing a need, Thomas decided to become such an attorney.
Since 2009, Thomas has devoted himself to gaining the experience and skills to help families (especially those with young children) and small business owners to create estate planning strategies that not only create financial security for years to come, but also work to carry on family legacies while evolving and adapting to changing circumstances. Below are just a few of the types of estate planning tools that The Ledbetter Law Firm, APC incorporates to help families and businesses:
- Wills and Codicils
- Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
- Educational and Charitable Trusts
- Business Continuation Plans
- Living Wills and Powers of Attorney
As a father of young children, Thomas knows it is never too early to begin the process of estate planning for the benefit of your loved ones. Starting now will give your family a secure future while giving you the peace of mind that you’re doing all you can for them.
At The Ledbetter Law Firm, APC our clients run the gamut from those who have a deep financial knowledge from work or schooling to those who are absolute newcomers to financial planning. Wherever you are on the spectrum, we are here to help you build your legacy.
What Our Clients Say
“Tom was able to take the complex and daunting task of putting together an estate plan and made it much simpler by asking the right questions, focusing on what really mattered, and getting it documented the right way. His down to earth nature, ability to explain things in non-lawyer terms and his deep estate planning expertise made him an excellent fit for our family and estate planning needs.”
“I hired Tom Ledbetter to represent my company in a contentious contract dispute. One of his main strengths was communicating to me the various procedures and legal strategies throughout the litigation. His exceptional advocacy and knowledge are why I recommend him. Tom now represents my company in drafting and negotiation all of our contracts.”