Death is inevitable. We cannot know where and when it may occur but we can control, in many respects, how it will affect those you leave behind. With proper planning, you can take steps to provide for the care of your spouse. You can leave a legacy to your children. You can ensure their care of minors. You can remember your favorite charity. A basic estate plan includes a Last Will and Testament. An effective estate plan, however, must be personalized. Accordingly, before we begin draft we will ask a number of questions about your current situation, your future goals and the people who form your family. From there, we design a plan to meet your expectations, select the appropriate legal documents and explain how everything works.
Estate Planning is not all about planning for the end. There may come a time when you lack capacity to make or communicate decisions. This could result from age, illness or injury. At such a time, you want to ensure that you have designated someone to make these decisions for you to that your needs are met and, as appropriate, to ensure that those you love are cared for. This can be accomplished by executing certain key legal documents in advance of any personal setbacks. At a minimum, all adults should have a Health Care Proxy.
Estate planning is not reserved to seniors. Any competent adult over the age of 18 can execute estate planning documents. Even new adults should have a Health Care Proxy. In most cases parents will NOT have legal authority to make medical decisions for their adult children. Often times, failing to adequately plan in advance can result in lengthy court proceedings which may not yield desired results.