Thinking about your death, as well as what will happen to your property when you die, can be very uncomfortable. Our goal is to make these conversations as easy as possible and help you decide what is most important to you when creating your estate plan. We want to make sure you have all the information available so you can decide what type of estate plan is right for you and your family.
Areas of Practice
A will allows you to state who you want to inherit your property, as well as appoint the people you trust to handle your affairs. You can also name a guardian to care for your minor children should something happen to you and the other parent.
There are many instances not involving the sale or purchase of a home that require property to be transferred. Having an attorney assist with deed preparation and recording is the best way to protect the property and ensure it is transferred correctly.
Some people may benefit by holding property in a living trust. It is a way to avoid the probate process and in certain circumstances to appoint someone else to manage that property. There are also trusts that can be established on your death that will protect and care for your surviving loved ones as well as minimize tax consequences for your heirs.
Powers of attorney
With a durable power of attorney for finances, you can give a trusted person authority to handle your finances and property if you become incapacitated and unable to handle your own affairs.
Advance Healthcare Directives
Writing out your wishes for healthcare can protect you if you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself. Advance Healthcare Directives include a health care declaration ("living will") and a power of attorney for healthcare, which gives someone you choose the power to make decisions if you can't. You can also state whether or not you want to be an organ donor.
Planning for minors/special needs
If you have minor children or a loved with with special needs, you can take measures now to ensure they will be cared for after you are gone.