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Estate Planning

We can help you protect your assets while also navigating the legal process in order to create a living trust that clearly expresses your wishes and is legally enforceable.

Probate Law

If you’re dealing with the distribution of a deceased loved one’s assets, California Estate Planning & Probate is here to help. Call today to schedule your consultation.

20+ Year Experience

With over 20 years experience we have the knowledge and understanding of how to make your Estate Planning or Probate service go smoothly.

More About Us

We are a full service estate planning and probate-estate settlement firm.  We do have a special interest in assisting farmers, ranchers, apiaries, nurseries, etc., with estate and business succession planning.  We also provide some additional services such as Special Needs Trusts.  We also help ensure that our client’s revocable trusts are fully funded.

We do not provide a one-size-fits-all approach to estate planning.  For one thing, they rarely work, and for another, when they do work, they usually do not accomplish the individual goals of their creator.  So, we work closely with our clients to truly understand their family dynamics and intended goals and design plans which will successfully meet their goals.

For the families of those who have not properly planned, and are facing probate, we provide a full probate service. For those who have properly planned, we also provide estate settlement services.

Our Team
Deward Houck

Deward Houck

Graduate from the State University of New York with degree in geology, minor in mathematics. Studied geophysics at the University of Michigan. Served in the nuclear navy of the United State and retired as a commander. Attended the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating in 1989 and passed the bar that same year. General law practice became focused on estate planning and probate after December 2011. My hobbies are genealogy, flying (private pilot), and volunteering with the Logistics Volunteer Group (LVG) of the Lakeside Fire Department. Married with two children, and 1 very active grandchild.

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29Nov 14

Wills vs. Trusts: In Plain English

Everyone has heard of wills and trusts. Most articles written on these topics, however, often presume that everyone knows the…