Estates

Estate planning deals with planning for the future and the inevitability of death, such as preparing wills, trusts, and other documents governing your assets and specifying your wishes. Estate planning also consists of assisting clients with wealth management issues as well as asset protection.

Probate: Probate lawyers deal with the legal process during which the will is validated; the assets of the deceased are inventoried; and all debts, creditor claims (including applicable lawsuits) and taxes are paid.

Wills and Trusts: A will is a written document that outlines how your property will be distributed upon your death, who will care for your children (if you have any), and can provide any special instructions you’d like to make about your affairs. A trust is a legal entity that owns assets for the benefit of a third person or persons (beneficiary). The grantor of the trust is the person who sets up and funds the Trust. The trustee is the person charged with the safekeeping and administration of the trust.

Living Wills: Living wills allow you to express your preferences regarding your medical treatment, should you become unable to communicate your wishes due to illness or permanent unconsciousness. They also allow you to designate a person who can make end-of-life care decisions on your behalf.

Guardianship: If your children are young, you've probably thought about whom would raise them if for some reason you or another parent couldn't. It's not an easy thing to consider, but with a simple appointment of a guardian in your will, you can feel sure that, in the extremely unfortunate event you can't raise your kids; they will be well cared for.