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For most of us, estate planning is important but not urgent. If you are taking the time to read this, you understand that your estate plan is important. We urge you to find a way to make your estate plan a priority and contact us so we can help you.
We listen to peoples' plans, hopes, and dreams for their family and their property and prepare estate plans which include powers of attorney, healthcare directives, guardianships, conservatorships and trusts. You need professionals who understand how to translate your goals and desires into plans and procedures that protect your family, your property and you.
Our clients tell us that one of the most important things they can leave their family and friends is a sense of harmony. Different people express their emotions differently when someone close to them dies. In such emotional times, people can sometimes be thrust into competing positions about how to divide the decedent’s estate. The result of these issues can be conflicts which long outlast the grief over the death of the decedent. If you explain your wishes in your estate plan, conflict can be removed from the emotional time surrounding the loss of someone close and hopefully leave unity and harmony. In addition, if you die without preparing an estate plan, you could subject your estate to significant federal and state taxes which reduce the amount of assets you can leave to others. We are here to help you express your wishes in the distribution of your estate, care for your children, avoidance of estate taxes, and other goals you have. There are a variety of different legal vehicles to assist in the preparation of an estate plan that suits your personal needs including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.
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When someone close to you becomes incapable of managing their own affairs, it can have far reaching consequences for not only that person, but also their family and their assets. If that person does not have a healthcare directive and/or power of attorney, he or she will need the court to appoint someone to take responsibility for helping them meet their needs. This process almost always is surrounded by high emotions for both the vulnerable person and the person who is appointed by the court. The person appointed by the court must pay due care to the affairs of the protected person and report to the court what is determined to be in the best interests of the protected person. We look forward to the opportunity to help you with the process of Guardianships and Conservatorships so you can tend to the needs and concerns of the protected person.
If you are interested in speaking with one of the attorneys in our office that practices probate and estate planning, please contact our office.
If a family member or friend has died, you need time to grieve and cope with your loss. At the same time, someone needs to step forward to make final arrangements and begin the process of collecting and distributing the decedent’s assets as he or she provided by trust, will, or as provided by law. The person who manages the decedent’s affairs needs legal advice about how to comply with the decedent’s wishes and with the law. Sometimes the decedent’s estate does not need trust administration or to be probated; sometimes it requires court supervision. You need the guidance of an attorney who can help you decide what is best for the estate. We will help you through this trying time so that you can focus on putting your life back together. If you need assistance with a matter in trust administration or probate, the attorneys at O’Brien & Wolf that practice in estate planning would be happy to consult with you.
We all are at risk of losing the capacity to make decisions about our healthcare needs. If you create a healthcare directive, you establish who has the right and responsibility to explain to your healthcare professionals what medical care and life sustaining measures you want if you cannot communicate. If you decide who you want to make decisions, you can avoid confusion and friction among your friends and family who try to instruct your healthcare provides what your wishes are under the circumstances. We have helped many clients by putting in words what they want done and who they designate to speak on their behalf. We stand ready to help you.
In the event you are in your senior years, or experience injury or travel, you may not be in a position to make decisions about your financial affairs. You can use Power of Attorney to explain to your financial advisors, banks and others whom you designate to make decisions on your behalf. Sometimes, those close to you will have differing opinions about how to manage your business affairs which can lead to conflicts which can be avoided in some instances. We help our clients make decisions about how to handle their affairs during their life if they are unavailable. We will help you craft a Power of Attorney that will accomplish your goals.
If you are interested in speaking with one of the attorneys in our office that practice probate and estate planning, please contact our office.
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