Consider your choice to hire an experienced Brea estate planning lawyer as an investment into you and your family’s future. A good estate planning attorney will take time to get to know you and help you determine the best type of estate planning configuration for your unique situation. They will walk you through your available options so you can make an informed decision about the elements of your estate plan. Additionally, the right Brea estate planning attorney will ensure your estate plan includes all the necessary components required for ensuring your family can avoid as much of the probate process as possible. A comprehensive estate plan should include:
- A last will and testament. This document outlines your final wishes and words to your family. It will also contain your instructions for distributing your assets and property. For example, if you want a particular family heirloom to go to a specific relative, you will include this wish in your will.
- Power of attorney designation. Power of attorney allows someone else to make legal decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated, essentially empowering them with the right to sign in your name on legally binding documents.
- Advanced medical care directive. Most people have specific healthcare preferences regarding palliative care and life support in an emergency. If you have particular preferences about hospice care, life support, or specific medical treatments, your advanced medical care directive provides instructions for your healthcare team to follow if you cannot convey your preferences directly.
- A trust. Trusts are valuable documents that allow your property to remain in the care of a trustee that you choose. Once you die, the trustee will distribute your assets according to the instructions in your will. This is one of the best ways for avoiding probate, as it prevents the trust creator’s probate from qualifying as intestate and subject to probate proceedings.
While it is technically possible to create these elements of an estate plan on your own, it is much better to have an experienced Brea estate planning lawyer assist you in developing your estate plan. A good attorney will help you carefully review your finances and assist you in choosing the best type of estate plan components to suit your needs and preferences. Whether you are concerned about helping your family avoid expensive estate taxes or simply want to eliminate uncertainty concerning inheritance after your death, your attorney is the best resource for achieving these goals.
The Law Office of Christopher P. Walker is ready to assist you with your estate plan. We have years of experience helping clients in Brea, CA, and surrounding areas with their estate plans, and we are prepared to put this experience to work for you. If you would like to discuss your estate planning options with a trustworthy and compassionate Brea estate planning lawyer, contact the Law Office of Christopher P. Walker today and schedule a consultation with our team.