Estate Planning

Many people think that estate planning is only for the wealthy or the elderly, but that is not true. Estate planning is the process of preparing for what happens to your assets, your health, and your loved ones when you die or become incapacitated.

basic estate plan

Without a basic estate plan, you may leave behind a mess for your family and lose control over your own affairs. A basic estate plan consists of three main documents: a will, a healthcare advance directive, and a power of attorney. Here is what each of them does and why you need them:

A Will

A will is a legal document that tells who will inherit your property and who will take care of your minor children after your death. If you die without a will, the state will decide these matters for you, according to its laws. This may not reflect your wishes or the best interests of your family. A will also allows you to name an executor, who will manage your estate and pay your debts and taxes. A will can be simple or complex, depending on your situation and goals.

advanced healthcare directive

A healthcare advance directive is a legal document that expresses your preferences for medical treatment and end-of-life care if you become unable to communicate or make decisions for yourself. It consists of two parts: a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care. A living will states what kind of life-sustaining measures you want or don’t want. A durable power of attorney for health care names a person who can make health care decisions for you when you can’t. This person should know your values and wishes and be willing to follow them. A healthcare advance directive can help you avoid unwanted or unnecessary interventions and reduce the burden on your family and doctors.

Power of attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to act on your behalf in financial or legal matters. You can choose how much power you want to give and for how long. A power of attorney can be useful if you are traveling, ill, or incapacitated. It can also help you avoid the need for a court-appointed guardian or conservator, who may not be someone you trust or who may charge fees for their services. A power of attorney can be revoked or changed at any time, as long as you are mentally competent.

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Having a basic estate plan is not as difficult or intimidating as many people think. Our attorneys simplify the process for you, draft the documents according to your customized wishes, and assist in finalizing and signing the documents.  The most important thing is to start the process as soon as possible and not procrastinate or put it off. The risk of not having a plan is great. You may lose the opportunity to have your voice heard, protect your assets, and provide for your loved ones. You may also cause unnecessary stress, confusion, and conflict for your family and friends. By planning ahead, you can ensure that your wishes are respected and that your legacy is preserved.  Call us today and let us take care of everything for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, estate planning is important for everyone, regardless of age or financial status. It involves preparing for the distribution of your assets and making arrangements for your health and care of loved ones in case you become incapacitated or pass away. Without a basic estate plan, you risk leaving your affairs in disarray and losing control over your personal decisions.

A will is essential because it specifies who will inherit your property and who will take care of your minor children after you die. Without a will, these decisions are made by the state based on its laws, which might not align with your wishes. A will also lets you name an executor to manage your estate, pay debts, and handle taxes, making the process smoother for your loved ones.

Starting the estate planning process is simpler than many think. Our attorneys can guide you through drafting and finalizing the necessary documents tailored to your wishes. The key is to begin as soon as possible to avoid procrastination. Without a plan, you risk losing control over your legacy and causing unnecessary stress for your loved ones. Contact us today to ensure your wishes are respected and your legacy is preserved.

A basic estate plan typically includes three main documents: a will, a healthcare advance directive, and a power of attorney. These documents help ensure that your property is distributed according to your wishes, your healthcare preferences are respected, and someone you trust has the authority to handle your financial and legal matters if you’re unable to do so yourself.

A healthcare advance directive, including a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care, outlines your medical treatment and end-of-life care preferences. This document is crucial because it ensures your healthcare wishes are known and respected if you’re unable to communicate or make decisions. It also appoints someone you trust to make healthcare decisions on your behalf, reducing the burden on your family and doctors.

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