Creating an Estate Plan
A Will, more formally known as a Last Will and Testament, is a legal document that specifies how you want your property (that is, everything you own when you die) to be distributed. To family. To friends. To charities such as churches and schools. Or to any other person or entity you specify. In addition to specifying who receives what, a Will also allows parents and guardians to specify who will take care of any minor children and who will handle the money they receive should you pass at a younger age.
If you do not have a Will when you die, however, then your assets (the things you own when you die) will be distributed using a formula specified by laws and not by your wishes–no matter how many times you may have said what you wanted. And worse, if you do not have a Will, then a judge will decide who cares for your children and handles whatever money you leave to them. You also cannot assume that your spouse will get everything if you die without a Will.
In short, a Will eliminates all of your worst fears, specifies your final wishes, and also designates the persons who will carry out those wishes (called the Executor of your estate).
Our office prepares Wills and other estate planning documents (such as a Living Will, Power of Attorney, and Healthcare Power of Attorney) every day, and we understand our clients’ concerns and offer estate planning advice in a comfortable, caring setting where we listen to your needs and draft a Will that reflects those wishes.
There are many reasons to have a Will:
With our “Pay Once, Revise for Life Estate Planning Program,” you only pay a fee once – when you initially draft and sign your estate planning documents. We never charge for revisions, so you can feel comfortable calling us to make changes at any time, and know that the meter won’t be running.