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Family Trust Attorney
– Benjamin Franklin
Estate Planning Now, Avoids Undue Stress For Your Loved Ones Later
According to the American Bar Association, 55% of Americans die without a will or trust. Because life can change in an instant, at any age, it is important to plan for the unexpected and the inevitable now. As you may or may not know, an estate plan protects your loved ones from time and costs associated with the probate court process in the event you pass intestate (without a will) and minimizes estate taxes. A combination of expertly drafted wills, living trusts, and/or irrevocable trusts, depending on your circumstances and net worth, will eliminate stress and let you rest at ease that no matter what curveballs life throws at you, you and your family are protected.
But what if you have a blended family? Will you want your wife/husband and your children and stepchildren dragged into messy legal battles? Even in traditional families, the probate court battles our firm has litigated on our clients’ behalf are uglier and messier than any divorce we have seen and can tear apart entire families. Is that the legacy you want to leave? A proper estate plan will keep your loved ones out of probate court entirely.
What if you become incapacitated and are unable to manage your finances, health care decisions, and personal affairs? Who will make these decisions for you and manage your property and finances necessary to pay for your care? Who will make your medical decisions? Do you want a funeral? Do you want to be buried/cremated? Where? Powers of attorney and health care directives incorporated into a complete estate plan address these scenarios.
Whom do you want to be the guardian of your minor children if you pass away or are unable to care for them? It is important to appoint a guardian in a complete estate plan to make sure your wishes regarding the care and raising of your minor children are carried out if you are unable to care for them.
Although these are unpleasant subjects to think about, imagine how much worse it would be to pass or to become incapacitated without a plan in place.
The Heieck Law Center can help you create an estate plan that is best for you and your circumstances whether your estate is small or large. Protect yourself, your assets, and your loved ones before it’s too late.