First Step Planning
This planning is an effective starting point to ensure that your fundamental estate planning needs are addressed.
As part of the First-Step Planning process, we will help to identify any additional estate planning issues and conduct a review of your insurance, investment, disability, and retirement plans. If needed, we will guide you to appropriate professionals for further assistance.
Last Will & Testament
– Indicates how your personal effects and other probate assets are to be distributed at death;
– Designates an executor or personal representative to carry out your wishes;
– Designates a guardian for any children who are under the age of majority at your death; and
– Prevents mismanagement of an inheritance by establishing a trust for younger beneficiaries with distributions of principal at various ages and additional distributions as needed for health, education, maintenance, and support.
General Durable Power of Attorney
– Appoints an individual to handle your financial affairs if you become disabled/incapacitated.
Designation of Health Care Surrogate
– Appoints an individual to make your healthcare decisions if you become disabled or otherwise incapacitated.
– Authorizes release of information by your healthcare providers in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Living Will Declaration
– Instructs your physicians with regard to life-prolonging measures and medical treatment when you are in an irreversible state and death is imminent.