Estate Planning involves a plan crafted in anticipation of death to arrange for the transfer and/or distribution of assets, both real and personal property, of an individual or family. Estate planning is also a valuable tool in helping to protect your minor children or yourself by appointing a guardian should you die or become incapacitated. The goal of the estate planning process is to ensure that the estate is adequately protected and that the beneficiaries of the estate receive the most benefit. Adequate planning will also allow the individual or family to have flexibility while s/he is still living.
An estate planning attorney can draft wills, living wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other documents necessary to make the process easier upon your death. An attorney will be able to explain the implications of distributing your estate and help you to personalize your estate documents so that they are tailored to your needs and desires. An attorney can also suggest ways to better protect your assets, protect your family, help you prepare for necessary government benefits, and help you to avoid probate.