Carlsbad Estate Planning & Family Law Practice

When you are planning for your future, you want a lawyer who will help you understand your rights and obligations. At The Law Offices of Rickard L. Borg, we provide professional estate planning and family law representation to San Diego North County residents.  Our office is a recognized advocate in both estates and in family law matters.  Whether you are going through a divorce, or considering your estate planning options, we will give you the candid straightforward answers you need to make smart decisions about your future.  Contact us at 760-729-2313  to schedule a consultation.

Estate Planning

Wills & Trusts

Wills, trusts and other estate planning documents do not have to be unnecessarily complex. We are committed to producing documents that are tailored to your needs.  Our estate planning process beings with us determining your goals and objectives. From there, we gather the right tools to help you achieve them. Carlsbad estate planning attorney Rickard Borg will prepare clear and concise estate planning documents on your behalf.

With more than 40 years of legal experience, we can successfully resolve your legal matters.

In the estate planning area, our typical plans include the following:

  1. Drafting or revising your will;
  2. Powers of attorney for business owners;
  3. Health care power of attorney;
  4. Advance directive (living will);
  5. Assignment of assets to your trust;
  6. Certificate of trust for presentation to your financial accounts;
  7. Deed of your California real estate to your trust;
  8. Asset protection;
  9. Protection from conservatorships for single persons suffering a medical event;
  10. Issues unique to the military (oftentimes individuals fail to apply for veterans benefits to which they are entitled); and
  11. Trusts and trust planning.

Common problems we find in estate plans include the following:

  1. Failure to fund a trust;
  2. Failure to commence proper estate or trust administration;
  3. Estate misunderstandings as to duties and responsibilities; and
  4. Failure to properly return property to the trust after a reverse mortgage.


The process of dividing an estate can be difficult, and when disputes arise, you want to make sure you protect the interests of your family. At the  Law Office of Rickard L. Borg, we protect the rights of individuals and families involved in will contests and estate litigation. As a trial lawyer with over 40 years of experience, attorney Rickard Borg has the resources and experience to protect your rights in court. As a child, Rickard Borg endured the hardship of his father’s failure to prepare an adequate estate plan. Now he enjoys helping families avoid a similar crisis. Read more about our probate process here.

Living Wills

Your estate plan should do more than just map a course for the distribution of your assets. An estate plan should also make sure your rights are protected as you get older. We help our clients put together comprehensive estate plans, including end of life planning in the form of an advance directive, or a living will.

A living will, also known as an advance directive, clearly states your wishes regarding end-of-life care. It will be available to both your doctor and certain family members. If you are in a situation where an important medical decision must be made, but you are not able to make the decision because of your illness or medical condition, your advance directive will provide an answer and spare your loved ones the anguish of making these difficult decisions.

Your living will should answer questions about life support and other end of life health care concerns in the event of brain death or a vegetative state such as the following:

  • Do not resuscitate orders and heroic measures to keep you alive;
  • The administration of pain medication in the end stages of your life to make your passing more comfortable; and
  • The authorization to harvest your organs if you have stated you want to be an organ donor.

These issues are not always easy to talk about, but they are an important part of estate planning. We will walk you through various scenarios and help you decide what is best for you. Once you have outlined a decision in your living will, your doctor(s) and family members will be legally required to follow your wishes.

Health Care Power of Attorney

There may come a time when you are no longer able to make important decisions about your health care. When that time comes, you want someone you trust to have final authority. We can help you understand the purpose of a health care power of attorney and prepare documentation that is suitable for your needs. Read more about how we can help you draft a health care power of attorney here

Family Law


Do you need a Carlsbad divorce attorney? Are you afraid that the wrong divorce lawyer will turn your case into an emotional and financial quagmire? Well, there are many reasons to seek an amicable divorce attorney. Divorce courts often have a backlog of cases which can delay proceedings and increase overall costs. Resolving divorce issues out of court often makes life easier for everyone involved and can reduce costs significantly. Read more about our Carlsbad divorce law practice here.

Asset Division

Are you attempting to settle a divorce amicably but finding that arguments over property division are getting in the way? Do you need realistic guidance in untangling marital assets in an appropriate manner? Even in uncontested divorce filings, marital estate distribution can be a complicated issue. With the help of the right asset division divorce attorney, the process can be streamlined, minimizing the time and expense of a divorce. Read more about our asset division representation here.

Asset Protection

As a small business owner who is contemplating or experiencing a divorce, it is very likely that you are worried about what will happen to your business. With help from our Carlsbad asset protection attorney, you can feel confident that your business can endure this change in your life. Read more about our asset protection practice here.

Spousal Support

Spousal support has some bad connotations. However, the person seeking spousal support is rarely the money-hungry younger wife or the cheating spouse we see on TV shows. In reality, spousal support is typically sought by the lesser-earning spouse to maintain a certain standard of living that was acquired during the marriage. The standard of living does not have to be extravagant — many “average” people may need spousal support to get back on their feet. Read more about our spousal support practice here.


Divorce does not have to be a battle between two warring factions that were once husband and wife. When used properly, mediation can be an effective tool to handle even the most contentious divorce. Mediation is useful in reducing costs and attorney fees where parties completely understand their legal rights concerning a particular asset or issue. At this point, if the problem remains unresolved, a knowledgeable neutral person should be able to resolve any conflict. Reasonable minds may differ, but it’s the fool that spends a fortune on the difference. Read more about our Carlsbad mediation practice here.

Contact Our Carlsbad Law Office

Whether you are going through a divorce or want to develop a comprehensive estate plan, our Escondido, California, living will and trusts lawyer will explain your rights and options in terms you can understand, not complicated legalese. We want you to have the information you need to make smart decisions. Located in Carlsbad Village, we offer evening and weekend appointments in addition to our weekly business hours. Contact Marge, Vanessa or Rick today to schedule a consultation.

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