ESTATE PLANNING

 
WILLS

A will is a legal document that can help ensure that after you have passed on, your property will be distributed according to your wishes. If you do not have a will, state laws will ordinarily determine who gets your property and how your property is divided. Contact us today and let us help you with making your will or updating an existing will. 

 
TRUSTS

Like a will, a trust can also help you distribute your property according to your wishes. The trust will appoint a person to act as the “trustee,” and the trustee is responsible for distributing your property according to your wishes, such as at certain time intervals or when certain events occur. Trusts may be useful for those with young children or other beneficiaries who may need the supervision that a trustee provides. There are also special types of trusts, such as charitable trusts and asset protection trusts. Contact us today and let us help you determine whether a trust is appropriate for your needs. 

 
POWERS OF ATTORNEY

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives another person the authority to act on your behalf. A power of attorney can be general and allow another person to act on your behalf regarding many matters, or specific, such as a power of attorney for finances or healthcare. You can also choose whether the power of attorney should be in effect while you are still living or if it should be in effect only after you pass on. Our attorneys are experienced and can help you choose the appropriate power of attorney for your needs. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

 
END OF LIFE DIRECTIVES

End of life directives include living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, and authorizations for final disposition. A living will is a legal document that allows you to specify the type of medical treatment you want when you are in a terminal condition or persistent vegetative state, such as whether you want feeding tubes or other life-sustaining procedures performed. A healthcare power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes another person to make healthcare decisions for you when you are unable to make your own healthcare decisions. An authorization for final disposition is a legal document that authorizes another person to make decisions regarding your funeral and disposition of your remains. It also allows you to state any special requests you may have regarding your funeral and disposition of your remains. Contact us today for assistance in determining what end of life directives are appropriate for you. 

 
OTHER ESTATE PLANNING NEEDS

If your life circumstances have changed but you have not reviewed or updated your estate plans, it may be a good time to revisit your estate plans. We have attorneys experienced in estate planning who can help review your existing estate plans and update the plans if necessary. Please contact us regarding any estate planning needs you may have.