We help clients preserve and protect their assets and property by creating valid estate planning documents that withstand legal challenges. There are several documents that our experienced estate planning attorneys can devise, regardless of the size of your estate.
Estate plans consist of important documents that we can create on your behalf, including:
Wills: Also known as a testament, a will describes how you want your property to be distributed after you die and appoints an executor to ensure your final wishes are honored. A will goes into effect after you die.
Living & Revocable Trusts: Similar to a will, a living revocable trust describes the transfer of your assets, including who gets what. In contrast, a living revocable trust becomes effective immediately and can be changed at any time while you are alive.
Further, you can manage your assets laid out in the trust as long as you’re alive. If you become incapacitated or die, your trust becomes irrevocable, and your trustee (person in charge) can ensure your intended beneficiaries get their respective assets.
Medical and Durable Powers of Attorney (POA): A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the authority to act in your place. If you become incapacitated or become unable to make your own decisions, a durable POA steps in and makes important financial, legal and business decisions for you.
A medical POA, or durable power of attorney for health care, kicks in once you become incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. The person you put in charge, your agent, will oversee your medical treatment and make important health decisions on your behalf, such as terminating life support.
Guardianship: If you are unable to take care of yourself and you have minor children, your guardian steps in. In these situations, you lose your legal rights and instead, your guardian gets legal rights to manage your person and estate. Thus, you must choose your guardians carefully and wisely.