Are you ready to die? It’s a hard question for most of us to think about, but the reality is that all of us will die some day or another. If death comes before you’ve prepared, you could leave behind a great deal of pain and suffering for your family and loved ones. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience helping people just like you navigate the difficult waters of estate planning.
Our firm can help you prepare wills to ensure your property is treated how you want it to be after you die, trusts to help protect your property from creditors and taxes, and advanced medical directives (“living wills”) to ensure your health care is managed how you want it to be managed when you no longer have the ability to direct your doctors yourself. We can also help you prepare durable powers of attorney to ensure that you and your financial affairs are taken care of by someone you trust should you lose the ability to take care of these things yourself.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where a family member can no longer take care of him or herself, or his or her finances, but did not prepare the documents necessary to be taken care of, we also routinely represent family members in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.
Finally, after a death, our firm routinely helps executors and administrators handle the sometimes overwhelming responsibilities that come with managing a deceased loved one’s estate. We work very hard to ensure that your relative’s wishes are respected, and to minimize any conflict that may arise. In the event that a conflict does arise, we advocate zealously on our clients’ behalf, while still looking for a way to resolution.