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A last will and testament is an important document that should not be taken lightly. We can assist with the development of a will and/or estate plan, help amend an existing will, or create an advanced healthcare directive. If you've experienced a death in the family, rest assured that we can assist with navigating probate court so you can focus on your family.
Wills, estate planning, probating a will, and guardianship proceeding all focus on planning for and dealing with an unexpected death or medical emergency. However, only about 35% of adults have a basic will or other estate planning documents in place. A basic will, power of attorney, and advanced healthcare directive (living will) can help you avoid a legal and financial nightmare. Some basic planning and foresight will save your family from the burden and stress of dealing with government red tape.
I will spend some time with you to make sure we are working together to do everything possible to make certain that your legacy will be passed forward with dignity. We will make sure that there is no doubt as to your wishes with respect to your successors. We will work closely with your financial advisors to make sure your estate plan and their financial plan are coordinated and meet your goals.
A will or last testament is a legal document that expresses a person's wishes as to how their property is to be distributed after their death and as to which person is to manage the property until its final distribution. An attorney can help setup a will for you or a family member. Having a clearly written will is one way to make the probate process easier on your loved ones. Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation.
Estate planning is the preparation of tasks that serve to manage an individual's asset base in the event of their incapacitation or death. The planning includes the bequest of assets to heirs and the settlement of estate taxes. Most estate plans are set up with the help of an attorney experienced in estate law. Contact us to learn more about how we can help with your estate plan.
Probate is the legal process of administering a person’s estate after their death. If you have a last will and testament, probate will involve proving that your will is legally valid, executing your instructions and paying applicable taxes. Contact us to learn more.
Guardianship is a legal process used to protect individuals who are unable to care for their own well-being due to infancy, incapacity or disability. A court will appoint a legal guardian to care for an individual, known as a ward, who is in need of special protection.
Advanced Healthcare Directive
An advanced healthcare directive (sometimes referred to as a living will) is a written, legal document that spells out medical treatments you would and would not want to be used to keep you alive, as well as your preferences for other medical decisions, such as pain management or organ donation. Contact our law firm to learn more about the importance of an advanced healthcare directive.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document giving one person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the power to act for another individual (the principal). The agent can have broad legal authority or limited authority to make legal decisions about the principal's property, finances or medical care.