Must a trust's terms expressly allow the trust (or the trustee) to own an LLC if one wishes to eventually form an LLC and designate the trust as the LLC's owner? Also, should the owner of the LLC be listed as "John Doe Trust", or "John Doe, Trustee of John Doe Trust" on the LLC formation documents?
Attorneys Pippen and Davis are correct. You would not do surgery on yourself, so why would you try to do sophisticated estate planning on your own? Sure, you won't likely hurt yourself with the ready-made documents, but your beneficiaries could be paying lawyers for years to unwind the mistakes you make now.
Do yourself a favor and hire an experienced estate planning lawyer in California to assist you. The peace of mind will be worth ten times the price you are paying in legal fees. Good luck to you.