Estate Planning: A Love Note to Your Future Self and Loved Ones

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about a topic that might not seem as romantic, but holds immense significance for the future of everyone involved. 

While this day is traditionally a celebration of romantic love, we also celebrate all forms of love and reflect on the deep connections we share with our family, friends, and even our beloved pets.

Estate planning may not be the first thing that comes to mind during this day, but at its core, it’s a powerful expression of our deepest affection. Once we really know what it means and involves, we realize estate planning is actually about love, it goes beyond romantic gestures, flowers and chocolates, it’s about protecting our family, our loved ones and what matters the most to us. 

When we plan for our future, the first thing that comes to mind is the people we love and the things that hold sentimental value. How can we ensure their well-being when we’re no longer there to care for them? Who will take care of my wife? My husband? My children? My grandchildren? What will happen to my pets? Who will look over the family business? Who will donate to the charities I support? Who will get my coin collection? What will I leave behind for people to remember me? 

See, it’s not merely a legal process; it’s a heartfelt commitment to safeguarding what matters most to you.

At Keyes Law Group, we understand that discussing topics related to potential incapacity or death can be sensitive, so we prefer to approach them within the essence of love—the people you hold dear and the legacies you wish to leave behind. So, while we are setting up a trust, preparing a will, a power of attorney, a guardianship, choosing a beneficiary or the person who will get to make the decision for you in case you’re no longer able to do so, we are talking about the things and the people that you love and want to take care of, and possibly, given the case, the people you love that will take care of you when you need it.

So, as you celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, take a moment to reflect on the unique significance of everything you hold dear, and when you’re ready to translate all those thoughts and love into a comprehensive plan, reach out to us, we’re ready to assist! We’re just an email or call away; let’s talk about ensuring a bright future for your loved ones.

Wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with love, connection, and the peace of mind that comes with thoughtful estate planning.


"I have had the pleasure of working with the Keyes Law Group these past months. To date, Mr. Keyes has been a great asset to our family; helping to plan a trust and the appropriate tax strategies for us and the next generation. What has worked very well for my wife and I is the time Mr. Keyes has devoted to not only hearing our financial planning concerns, but to also take the necessary time to explain and offer options for us to consider. We have worked with tax attorneys and financial consultants over the years. For us, a successful relationship is one of the key factors that we strive for. Working with the Keyes Law Group has been a very good fit for us as we work to get our financial affairs in order." -- RY
"I can’t say enough great things about Keyes Law Group! They are thorough, caring, and extremely efficient! I send everyone I know to them for Estate Planning! They took such great care of my family and they have earned my business forever! Look no further than Keyes Law Group if you want a seamless process and to cover all bases for your estate! They aren’t just Estate Attorneys; they are family!" -SL
"The patience with helping us achieve our goal and the patience in breaking down the legalese into simple language that we could understand was very beneficial. We felt we were very well taken care of." -GR
"We truly appreciate your thoughts, ideas and time. I very much value your expertise and look forward to more dialogue about best ways to move forward, build healthier relationships with our children and their children and to pass on our values to the degree we are able." -R.Y.
"I was able to have a honest dialog with such an understanding, compassionate, and caring human being. Thank you." -Y.H.
"I've had the opportunity to work with Elijah for several years now. I started during a challenging situation with my mother and he was terrific. I'd say he's very responsive, reliable and exceptionally fair. Also very empathetic. It's refreshing to engage with him and feel that I'm being well taken care of and my needs are being met. His staff is also lovely and overall super accommodating." -I.S.
"It is very important to research and choose wisely when looking for an estate planning attorney. Did you know that the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization has a unique recognition for attorneys who go beyond the regular requirements to practice Estate Planning? Elijah Keyes has this designation; Certified Estate Planning Specialist. He is extremely well versed with this specific area of law and is a strong advocate for his clients in estate planning, including establishing living trusts, wealth planning and family transfers, dynasty trusts, conservatorships, special needs trusts, elder law medi-cal benefits and planning, trust administration and probate. Thank you Elijah, for being a trusted resource for us and for our clients!" -M.H.
"Keyes Law Group helped our family through a very difficult time with estate planning. He's honest, transparent and genuinely cares about his clients. His own personal experiences have shaped his approach in working with people - especially older folks who might be more mistrusting. He can finesse difficult conversations with ease and for that, I'm forever grateful. 100% recommend!" -Y.V.
"Elijah was very helpful with editing our family trust after my wife passed away. He answered all my question in a timely manner and if he did not know the answer he found out quickly. He would take time out of day to reassure me that he had everything under control. He took his time to explain why he worded the trust the way he did and that I understood what it meant. Will use him again when the trust needs to updated." -D.