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At the Law Office of Helen Paik Austin, we offer quality, service-oriented services for your Estate Planning needs. Estate Planning can be complex requiring difficult decisions but with our advice, guidance, and expertise, we will help you create an Estate Plan that is best for you.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning involves planning for the management of your personal affairs, both financial and medical, in the event of your incapacity, and for the disposition of your assets upon your death. Read more

Living Trusts

A Living Trust is a legal document, created during a person’s lifetime, whereby the person’s property is transferred to the trust and held and administered in accordance with the terms of the trust. Read More


 A Will is a legal document that allows you to direct the distribution of your assets, appoint the individual you want to carry out your wishes, and nominate a guardian for minor children. Read More

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to give another individual the authority to handle your financial affairs on your behalf.   A “durable” Power of Attorney remains in effect upon your incapacity.  This means that if you become unable to handle your own affairs, the individual you appoint could do so for you. Read More

Advance Health Care Directive

An Advance Health Care Directive (or durable power of attorney for health care) is a document that allows you to appoint another individual to make health care decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so for yourself. Read More


Many people mistakenly believe Probate is a tax.  It is not.  Probate is a court supervised proceeding where a Judge oversees the administration of a person’s estate.  Read More

Trust Administration

Trust Administration refers to the process that occurs when the person who creates the trust (“trustor”) dies.   The individual you select as your successor trustee will “administer” the trust, which unlike probate, is done privately and without court supervision. Read More

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