When was the last time you updated your will? Do you even have one? A will tells your family what to do with your possessions and property. If you don’t have one, the law decides how your estate is passed on, which isn’t always the way you would want it.
Without a will, the probate process can be stressful and time-consuming during a time that is already difficult for your family. Writing a will is especially important if you have children. In addition to sorting out your property, you will designate who is in charge (an executor) of following your instructions.
While it might be tempting to buy a template online, you want to make sure your will is legally valid and an attorney can help you with this.
Bauer Law Group can assist you and your family by preparing the following documents:
- Last Will & Testament
- Living Will
- Durable Power of Attorney
Last Will & Testament
Adults of all ages should have a Will to document important wishes as to how they would like their affairs handled upon death. BLG will assist clients in thinking about all possible outcomes, so as to avoid any results that may impact the estate or family negatively. You should have a clear understanding of the various appointments in a will, such as the role of the Executor, Trustee, and Guardian of minors, to enable you to make an informed decision when entrusting others to these roles.
A Living Will is an example of an advanced medical directive. In other words, it delineates one’s medical decisions in advance.
Power of Attorney
A Durable Power of Attorney provides the appointed person access to the client’s assets without court intervention. Any person creating and executing a Power of Attorney must be legally competent. The powers that the client grants in a Power of Attorney are broad and allow the attorney-in-fact to act as the client would act. Among many other powers, they allow a health care representative to communicate his or her health care decisions in the event of the client’s incapacity. Without a designated representative, the probate court may have to appoint a conservator to make health care decisions along with other personal decisions for the client. In such event, there is no guarantee that a family member will be appointed. In addition, the cost may be burdensome.
Don’t put this task off! You want to make sure that what you leave behind will go to the people you intended.
BLG offers a flat fee for preparation of the documents that will give you peace of mind.