Estate Planning / Wills

Who would care for your loved ones if something would happen to you?

Who would make vital decisions for you if you were to become ill?

Who would take care of your children in one of these circumstances?

Our firm can help you complete your estate planning process.  We prepare simple wills, revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, powers of attorney for healthcare, and more complex estate plans to minimize estate tax and transfer costs.

Wills:
Crucial documents that determine who will serve as guardian to care for your children, who will serve as your personal representative (executor), and how your estate will be distributed after your death.

Durable Power of Attorney:
This document allows you to designate someone as your representative to make financial decisions, pay your bills, deposit checks, file tax returns, and monitor your financial accounts, for you should you be unable to do so. This allows you to avoid guardianship proceedings.

Power of Attorney for Healthcare:
This document lets you designate someone as your healthcare representative to make important healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to do so. This document also helps you avoid guardianship proceedings.

Declaration to Physicians:
Formerly known as a “Living Will”, this document is separate from your Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare.  It allows you to express your preference to avoid having life prolonging medical treatment if you are in a persistent vegetative state or suffer from a terminal condition.

Revocable Living Trust:
Also known as a Living Trust or Revocable Trust. This is a way to manage your property during your lifetime and to ensure that  your property will pass to your heirs and loved ones without going through the probate process.

Probate:
The court proceedings used to pay your debts and  administer your will.  A revocable trust can help you avoid probate proceedings.