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Estate planning is the process of outlining specific instructions as to how you want your money, and other property dispersed upon your death. It includes decisions about your medical care and financial arrangements as well. If you are ready to discuss your planning needs, we would be honored to help. If you have an existing plan, we would be happy to review that plan to make sure it still works for you given your current health and financial circumstances.
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Key Estate Planning Documents
Wills, trusts, advance medical directives, and powers of attorney are the primary estate planning documents you need to understand and put into place as soon as possible.
A will instructs how to divide up assets, debt, personal property, and more. A will can cover all of your estate planning needs however, if you wish to avoid court and keep your affairs private, a living trust may be the best option.
A living trust takes effect at the moment it is enacted. Planning with a living trust provides the advantage of avoiding probate court, keeping all of your information private, and managing your assets should you become disabled.
Advance Medical Directive
An advance medical directive is also designed to take effect during your lifetime. This directive stipulates your end-of-life wishes as well as what should happen if you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions about your medical care.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney covers who will make decisions for you if you are unable to. You can specify more than one agent, and you can be very specific about what that agent can do on your behalf.