Estate planning can sometimes be an overwhelming sea of advice and opinions. Our goal is to help you wade through all of this information to discover what makes sense for you and your specific situation. By providing sound guidance tailored to your needs, we strive to ensure that your wishes are executed properly as we create a plan for your future.
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An effective estate plan can help you transfer assets before and after death while minimizing taxes and retain control over your health decisions if you become incapacitated. Wills, trusts, power of attorney, and advanced health care directives are all legal documents that can make up your comprehensive roadmap for the future.
A will is a legal document that outlines your wishes on how to have your property distributed after your death. It will require your heirs to go to probate court. In contrast, a trust can be used to hold money, assets, or real property for a beneficiary, but this legal document is primarily used to avoid probate court and minimize estate taxes.
If you become incapacitated or unable to make decisions, a durable power of attorney assigns and authorizes a person to make decisions on your behalf and represent you in a broad range of areas.
An advanced health care directive is a set of written instructions outlining your preferences for medical treatment and specifies what actions should be taken regarding your health when you are unable to do so.