Estate planning provides a way for you to determine your lifetime objectives and your desires concerning the distribution of your assets after death. It involves wills, trusts, health care directives, and powers of attorney. Each situation is unique, and we can inform you which state and federal laws impact you. Some potentially confusing issues you may come up against are trusts, family limited partnerships ("FLPs"), and limited liability companies (LLCs). We are prepared to deal with all of those issues. Let us help you make sure all of your wishes are understood and carried out.
Wills and Trusts
If you care how your property and goods will be distributed to your heirs, then you need a will. A will allows you to decide how your assets will be distributed and allows you to appoint guardians for your children. Let us help you write a legal, valid will that will stand in court. We are prepared to draft new wills and revise old wills. Trusts are sometimes desired in addition to wills. Come talk to us, so we can explain it all to you and help you decide what will best preserve your wishes.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney is a document that authorizes a person of your choice to make legally binding decisions for you. It gives you the opportunity to choose the person whom you believe will act in your best interest. By declaring a power of attorney before one is needed, you are in control of who will be your attorney in-fact. There are many different types of powers of attorney with many different amounts of power dealing with different situations. Let us help you navigate all of the different options.
The probate process is not as awful as it is rumored to be; at least it does not have to be. Allow us to make sure your assets are preserved and distributed according to your wishes.
Health Care Directives and Living Wills
Health Care Directives are used in the event that you cannot make health care decisions for yourself. The directive gives someone else the ability to make those decisions on your behalf. You can choose who the person will be that will make those decisions for you. Living Wills are used in the event that you are incapable of making health care decisions for yourself, often in the case of no brain activity. The Living Will informs your health care professionals whether you would like to stay on the machines or be taken off of them.