When most of us hear the term “estate plan,” we tend to assume that only older or retired people really need to concern themselves with these matters. However, life can be unpredictable, and we may find ourselves facing such major decisions sooner than we’d like think. Estate planning doesn’t need to be grim or tedious; in fact, it’s a wonderful opportunity to think about your values and goals for your future, as well as the kind of legacy you’d like to leave behind.
Exploring Your Estate Planning Options
An estate plan is comprised of several documents. Depending on your circumstances and your goals, you make sure that the estate plan you and your attorney put together is fully customized to address your needs. When you meet with experienced estate planning attorney Douglas Buchanan, we will discuss your wishes and address your concerns about the future. Together, we’ll draft a will that articulates to whom you’d like to leave your assets, and we may consider establishing a trust to simplify the transfer of such assets. I can assist you with transferring any real estate you may have into a trust, which can offer you and your family several benefits in the future.
Making Your Health Care Preferences Known
Another important component of a comprehensive estate plan is the advance health care directive, which documents your preferences regarding medical treatments or interventions in the event that you should become incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes verbally. You can also appoint a health care proxy or durable power of attorney for health care, which is when you nominate a trusted individual to serve as your advocate when important decisions regarding your health care need to be made. I will work with you to complete all of the necessary documents so that you can rest easier knowing that your health care wishes will be known and honored when the time comes.
Experience You Can Trust
Whatever your unique circumstances may be, I am here to offer you trusted guidance throughout the estate planning process. I’m committed to working with each of my clients to fully understand their needs so that I can develop a personalized estate plan that helps them achieve their goals. For honest and experienced assistance, reach out to my office today.