Your goals . . .
What happens if you pass away or become incapacitated due to an accident or serious illness, such as stroke, heart attack, dementia, or Alzheimer's? Planning for your future and your family's future may seem like a daunting task, which unfortunately can create an emotional response that slows down or stops the planning process. Don't let that happen! Failing to effectively implement a proper estate plan can have disastrous and unexpected consequences for your family. While knowing exactly what you want and expect to happen upon your death or incapacity is certainly a great start, it is not an effective estate plan until you and your attorney create the legally binding documents to accomplish your goals. Wherever you are in the planning process, from only beginning to consider it, to having a detailed outline of a plan, our attorneys understand the challenges you face and will guide you through the estate planning process. Typically, the estate planning process is not as challenging as some perceive and having a proper estate plan in place will give you the peace of mind of knowing you have planned for your family's future!
your plan . . .
Whether you are concerned about support for your loved ones, use and distribution of your assets upon your incapacity or death, arranging for the orderly transition of your business or are facing life-changing circumstances that need to be addressed, we can help you implement an estate plan that effectively achieves your goals.
An estate plan is not one size fits all. An estate plan can be very simple and abbreviated or more complex and detailed. There are no standard answers and each estate plan must be tailored to the individual, family or business it pertains to. Some of the tools attorneys use to craft an effective estate plan include:
- Powers of Attorney
- Health Care Treatment Directives (a/k/a Living Will)
- Deeds regarding real estate (i.e., Beneficiary Deed, etc.)
- Beneficiary designations (i.e., beneficiaries on investment accounts, transfer on death or payable on death designations, etc.)
- Business Succession Plans
- Asset Protection Plans
your future . . .
The peace of mind of knowing that your family and loved ones will be taken care of, or that your business will continue to thrive, through estate planning is invaluable. Planning for the "what ifs" and our own mortality is something that should be done today and not put off until tomorrow.