All Age Ranges Opt For Living Trusts—We the People Can Help You Avoid Probate

December 10, 2005   Lifestyle News
(PRLEAP.COM) Walnut Creek – immediate release – Typically, people approaching retirement age or already in their retirement years, start thinking about what they will leave behind and how. Seventy-two-year-old Ezequiel and 62-year-old Adelina of Antioch decided to establish their living trust when they realized how much more their kids would have to pay in taxes if their estate went to probate. After they saw read the newspaper ad and visited the website for We The People (WTP) of Walnut Creek, they were able to make it happen.

“We don’t like to think about these things, but we should all be prepared,” says Adelina. She was a bit apprehensive due to the subject matter, but Bill Schaaf of Walnut Creek WTP offered insights and anecdotes that made the experience seem less heavy.

Sixty-four-year-old Miriam Plum of Brentwood, still working as a manager with two different organizations, thought of starting her living trust while going through her divorce. She wants to make sure her kids have no problems getting what she wants them to have, upon her death.

Miriam has used lawyers in several instances, but notes that using We The People is faster, friendlier and costs less. She characterizes Bill and Mary Schaaf, Walnut Creek WTP owners: “They’re neat people and really know what they’re doing. They’re down to earth. They didn’t use heavy legal terms.”

In contrast, 34-year-old businessman, John Gallop, decided to start his living trust with wife, Susan, at a relatively young age. When asked why, he explains that he facilitated the estate planning for others years ago, but not for himself. He figures the time is right, if not too late. He has two small children and a home in Danville and wants his family protected in the case of his death, as he is often on travel.

John has hired lawyers in the past, but found WTP to be more “prudent, painless and inexpensive for the quality returned”. Working with We The People was a “killer experience…you save time and money without losing quality.” John has recommended WTP to three friends, and so goes forth the trend of younger people arranging for their children’s inheritance.

WTP owner Bill Schaaf reports the following breakdown of age ranges for people initiating living trusts:
30-40 years old—10%; 40-50 years old—20%; 50-60 years old—30%; 60-70 years old—30%, and 10% over 70. And the numbers of young people opting for living trusts are climbing, especially subsequent to the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case.

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