Estate Planning: A Gift You Give Yourself And Your Family
No matter your age, health or wealth, it is wise to work with an experienced attorney to develop your estate plan. Making such complex decisions about end-of-life matters and death can be challenging to confront on your own.
At the Lawrenceburg office of The Zerbe Firm, we strive to answer your questions and be readily accessible throughout the process of planning your estate. We understand the difficulty of such emotional decisions. You can rely on us for valuable insight, compassion, personalized service and creative solutions throughout.
Planning Your Estate To Meet Your Goals
The estate planning process can get more complex the more comprehensive you want your plan to be. There are typically four documents that must be drafted through the process.
- A will: This document will describe your assets and personal property in as much detail as you desire. Often, a will is referred to as a document that details “who gets what and when.”
- Durable power of attorney: This could also be referred to as a financial power of attorney. This document allows you to name another individual to make financial decisions if you are unable to do so.
- Health care power of attorney: This could also be referred to as medical power of attorney. Here, you can name a proxy who can make medical decisions for you if you become medically unable to do so.
- Living will: Often used in conjunction with a health care power of attorney, a living will gives instructions regarding the use of life-sustaining measures. This document clearly establishes your desires, but does not name a proxy who can make decisions for you.
We will discuss the documents and other items that are right for your needs and goals.
Gain Peace Of Mind
Through the creation of wills and the rest of these documents, most individuals experience peace of mind. Knowing that your estate is well cared for allows you to rest easier.
It is also important to remember that these documents can often be altered or modified based on changing life circumstances. If you have lost a loved one, you will likely need legal guidance through the probate and estate administration process. Our firm can offer the assistance that you need.