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Wills & Estate Planning

Everyone needs an estate plan. Depending on the amount of assets under your control and the structure of your family, your estate planning needs may be relatively simple or extremely complex.  Today, it is very important to have an in depth, complete estate plan that handles more than just who gets your property. A sophisticated and well-designed estate plan not only ensures that your family is protected and your financial goals are met after you die, but also takes care of you in the event of a physical or mental incapacity.

Estate planning is the creation of a definite plan to manage your wealth while you are alive and distribute it after your death.  Estate planning can be accomplished through a variety of methods, including:

  • Last Will and Testament / Probate
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Medical/Durable Power of Attorneys
  • Living Wills
  • Joint Ownership of assets
  • Beneficiary assignments

Estate planning involves more than the distribution of assets upon death.  My practice focuses on helping clients draft living wills, health care directives, powers of attorney, and any necessary trust documents.  These documents are crucial during your lifetime and can be used to ensure all of your wishes are respected in the future. Health care directives and living wills help a family avoid having to make difficult decisions regarding medical care and life support during the stressful time when you are hospitalized or incapacitated.

Problems often arise when people do not coordinate all of these methods of passing on their estate. If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you will ensure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and is carried out in the manner you have chosen. You can rest assured that your family either eliminates or curtails the public process and costly matter of probate. With proper estate planning documents you can ensure that the government will not be able to take what you have spent a lifetime building.  Dying intestate, or without a will, can have severe financial and emotional consequences for your family. After experiencing a loss, a family needs time to mourn, and should not be worried about the financial situation created by the death of a loved one. I can take care of drafting these sensitive documents, and make sure that all financial matters are addressed.

Wills and Trusts may seem like highly technical and complex documents, but they are extremely important, and I want to help explain them to you, and discuss which will be the most beneficial to you and your family.