Does Everyone Need a Legal Will? Antelope Valley Estate Planning Attorney Says Yes

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Antelope Valley estate planning attorney Kevin Von Tungeln explains why everyone should have a will or estate plan, regardless of the size of their estate.

Many people die believing that their verbal instructions will be carried out

With the recent high-profile celebrity deaths like Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett, the issue of how a will can provide for your wishes after death has become front and center. According to Antelope Valley estate planning attorney Kevin Von Tungeln, no one, regardless of the size of their estate should be without a will.

"A will is a basic level of protection that assures that your wishes for the disposition of your estate will be followed. A will can also determine who will have custody of any minor children and direct assets to their ongoing care. No one should die without a will. At a minimum it makes your wishes clear to your family and reduces the potential for conflict after your death."

There are several estate planning tools available to estate planning attorneys, and a will is the simplest tool. However, this tool is not right for everyone. Depending on your family and financial situation, other tools such as trusts may be more advisable. A certified estate planning specialist can guide you to the right mix of legal instruments to protect your assets, protect your children, and make any charitable bequests that you want after your death.

"Many people die believing that their verbal instructions will be carried out," said Von Tungeln. "But many times those instructions are not carried out because of family quarrels and other issues that emerge after one passes away. A will is a binding way of ensuring that your wishes will be heard and carried out. I encourage everyone to make sure they have this basic level of protection, especially if they have children."

About Kevin Von Tungeln

With more than 17 years' legal experience, Kevin L. Von Tungeln serves Thompson Von Tungeln in the areas of complex estate planning, probate, trusts, wills, trust administration, conservatorships, guardianships and elder law. He is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialists as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning. Get to know more about Kevin's approach to estate planning by viewing his informational videos at: ( Kevin can also be found at LinkedIn by going to: (

About Thompson Von Tungeln

Antelope Valley estate planning law firm Thompson Von Tungeln (TVT) offers sophisticated estate planning and administration for the affluent, discriminating client. As the only Board Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Lancaster, Palmdale and Antelope Valley, partners Mark E. Thompson and Kevin L. Von Tungeln are expertly equipped to serve these clients with the creative, effective and custom solutions they demand. For more information, contact TVT at 661-945-5868 or visit their website at

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