Estate Planning

Our goal in assisting clients with their estate planning is to create a plan that provides direction regarding disposition and management of a trust or estate in the event of incapacity, illness or death.

The following documents generally serve as the foundation of the estate plan:

  • Durable Financial Power of Attorney designates an individual to manage financial affairs while living in the event of incapacity. It is called “durable” because it remains effective in the event of incompetency and terminates upon your death;
  • Health Care Power of Attorney designates an individual to make health care decisions;
  • Living Will outlines end-of-life and disability preferences;
  • Last Will and Testament directs how property is distributed to beneficiaries upon death.

For parents of minor children, a will also appoints a guardian for their children;

  • Living Trust Agreement is utilized to avoid probate, minimize estate taxes and address specific situations such as second marriages, special needs planning and create a framework for the continued growth and disposition of assets to succeeding generations consistent with a clients’ goals.