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Estate Planning

“He who works shall have what he wills.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

A Will

To designate who will receive your assets, who will handle your financial matters after your death, what will happen with your pets, and perhaps most important, who will raise your minor children. The Will also can waive the requirement that the Personal Representative post a bond, which can save significant money in administering your estate. (Having a Will, however, does not avoid probate.)

A Power of Attorney 

To empower someone you trust to help with your finances and make other decisions for you during your lifetime if you cannot handle these responsibilities yourself.

An Advance Directive 

Healthcare Decisions sometimes called a Living Will, designates a representative to make medical decisions when you cannot speak for yourself and/or to outline what type of care you want during certain end-of-life situations.

Burial Instructions

Instructions for Disposition of Remains can provide direction if you do not trust your next of kin to carry out your wishes.

Beneficiary Designations 

Bank accounts, life insurance, retirement benefits, etc. may help completely avoid probate, depending on your assets.

A Trust 

A tool used in some estate plans. When our estate-planning clients ask about setting up a trust, usually they are talking about creating a revocable or irrevocable living trust. Creating a living trust involves setting up a legal entity (the trust) that will own your assets and designating someone (a trustee) to manage those assets during your lifetime and after you have passed away. While you are capable, you can serve as your own trustee. A key benefit of having a Trust is that it can help you avoid probate. 

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