Wills, Trusts and Probate

Planning for death is nothing any of us want to do.  There are often better ways to settle estates than the probate process.  I can guide you through deciding on the easiest and least expensive manner to distribute your estate.

But if you die without a plan, your loved ones will likely face an expensive and cumbersome process regardless of how little property you have. A fairly basic set of documents can save thousands of dollars and a tremendous amount of stress for your heirs.

Everyone should have:

  • a will – whether simple or complex
  • a durable power of attorney – to allow an agent to take care of your personal business if you are incapacitated
  • a medical power of attorney – to allow an agent to make medical care decisions if you are incapacitated
  • a directive to physicians – telling the physicians your personal end of life choices
  • a letter allowing the release of your medical information to the family and friends you desire

If you have created a business, you need to make a plan as to what will happen when you pass away.  It may be better to use trusts, family limited partnerships or some manner other than a will.  Regardless, there must be a plan.