Estate Planning Lawyers
Helping to Preserve Your Wealth, Your Family and Your Legacy
Our attorneys are experienced in the creation of wills, living trusts, powers of attorney and other documents that protect your assets, your right to make health care decisions, and even the care of your children. We also know that there’s more to estate planning than a solid understanding of the law and an ability to draft effective documents. Truly putting our legal skills to work for you requires an understanding of you and your priorities.
What is Estate Planning?
Many people equate “estate law” with wills. Some believe they can simply download a form and create an estate plan. Unfortunately, fill-in-the-blank forms can create a false sense of security. Most people don’t fully understand what must be included to fully protect their families, and sometimes a will simply isn’t enough. There is no one size fits all when it comes to Estate Planning. While it’s true that a will can be an important part of your estate plan, effectively planning for the future of your family often requires more. Some of the most common services provided by estate lawyers include:
- Preparation of a will to ensure that your property is distributed as you wish
- Preparation of trusts so your assets can go directly to your heirs, avoiding the costs, delay, and publicity of probate
- Assistance with probate of a will and administration of the estate
- Preparation of a special needs trust if needed
- Establishment of guardianship of minor children
- Establishment of guardianship of disabled adults
- Creation of health care and financial powers of attorney
The right combination of protections for your family will depend on your family structure, your financial situation, and your goals for the future. When you meet with one of our estate lawyers, we’ll take the time to get to know you and your priorities so that we can recommend the path that best suits you and your family.
Estate Planning Matters
A 2016 Gallup poll revealed that only 44% of U.S. adults have a will. Compared with 2005, the percentage of Americans protecting their families with wills had declined in every age group and every income bracket.
People postpone estate planning for many reasons, including
- a mistaken belief that they don’t have enough assets to need an estate plan
- disagreement regarding guardianship of children
- misunderstandings about how inheritance works, and
- a belief that there will always be time to attend to estate issues later
However, failure to create a solid legal structure for the transition of your property and the care of any minor children can create significant problems for your family. For example, many people don’t
transition can be accomplished smoothly and your family will have the access they
need during the transitional period.