Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Stern, PC provides a full range of estate planning services to our clients. In addition, the firm’s many years of experience in representing public safety personnel provides us with unique insights and advantages in advising our clients on the benefits available in the event of death and disability.
RLS represents public safety personnel throughout Northern California. Unfortunately, we have had many occasions to advise individual employees and their families when the call to service results in a death or disability. Our unique experience has afforded us the opportunity to advise our clients on the full range of death and disability benefits which are available to public safety personnel.
The various benefits associated with line of duty death and disability include, for example, a federal death benefit payable to survivors of public safety personnel which exceeds $250,000 (Public Safety Officers Benefits Act; 42 U.S.C. § 3796 et seq.). There are a host of other benefits provided through retirement systems, workers’ compensation, and other private foundations. In addition, there are federal and state scholarship monies available to children of surviving public safety personnel killed in the line of duty.
RLS will guide you through the complex (and often confusing) area of wills, trusts, probate, and estate planning in plain English. RLS designs personal estate plans around the concept of keeping you in control of your personal and financial affairs during your life, upon incapacity, and at death. Each estate plan is uniquely designed for you and your family’s needs and concerns.
Our estate planning and estate administration services include:
• Powers of Attorney
-Durable Power of Attorney for Management of Property
-Advance Health Care Directive (Medical and End-of-Life Decisions)
• Probate Court Petitions
• Probate Process
-Court Administration for Wills
• Revocable Trusts
• Transfer of Property Without Probate
• Trust Administration