Estate Planning

It is always easy to put off making a proper estate plan for another day. No one likes to think of death or other negative circumstances. You are never too young to have a comprehensive estate plan that will protect you and your family in case something unexpected occurs.

One of the most commonly known aspects of an estate plan is having a trust or living will set in place. These documents protect your family after your death. Without them, your family can be forced to go through the challenging process of probate court in order to claim any inheritance that you may leave.

Additionally, it is imperative that you create a health care directive that reflects your wishes in the event that you are unable to make decisions regarding your well-being. Similarly, having a power of attorney document allows you empower an agent to represent your interests if you are unable.

PROBATE

When a loved one passes away, their estate must pass through the probate court, regardless of whether or not a will or trust was in place. Probate is the legal process of settling an estate after death. Probate court is a complicated process, sometimes taking several years to complete.

Probate laws can be difficult to understand and the Attorneys at Carlson Law Firm are committed to helping you through this difficult time. In order to ensure that the probate process goes smoothly for your family, it is imperative that you have a will. Without one, probate courts will pass your property and possessions along existing probate laws rather than your personal desires.

WILLS AND TRUSTS

Wills or living trusts are important for everyone to have. These documents protect your estate and your loved ones in the event of tragedy, saving costly court time and possibly large portions of the estate to taxes. Having a will allows you to designate who will inherit your estate.

Without a will or living trust, the courts distribute your estate based on state and federal laws, rather than your personal wishes. Setting up a will or living trust is important to ensuring an easy transition for your family after your death. Carlson Law Firm can help with:

  • Creation of wills and trusts
  • Probate of Estates
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Power of Attorney
  • Healthcare directives

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