I handle related estate planning issues such as drafting of Wills, Revocable Trusts, Directives to Physician and Medical Powers of Attorney, and Probating of Estates
Probate is a legal process designed to ensure a decedent’s property and assets are distributed in accordance with his or her will, or in accordance with state statutes should there be no will in place.
- A will serves to simplify the probate process (saving time and money for your loved ones), set forth your final wishes, and reduce the possibility of litigation. A simple will is one with no trusts or complicated disposition of property. Usually everything is left to a spouse or to the children. A simple will is relatively inexpensive but can result in substantial savings later.
- A Revocable Trust is a document that will provide for the distribution of property upon your death. It can also help you manage your assets or protect you should you become ill, disabled or simply challenged by the symptoms of aging. Most Revocable trusts are written to permit you to revoke or amend them whenever you wish to do so.
- A Directive to Physician states your health care wishes when you are not physically able to do so. It instructs your doctors that should you have an incurable, terminal condition, and you are only being kept alive by machines or feeding tubes, you want the life-sustaining measures to be withdrawn so you can die naturally.
- A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to name someone to make medical decisions for you should you be unable to make them for yourself and covers terminal as well as non-terminal medical issues.