Facing one’s eventual mortality isn’t a pleasant subject, but it’s one that should be broached before the inevitable occurs. That’s because once you’ve left the earth, there’s no time left to make out a Last Will and Testament, set up a trust, or help your family distribute your property and money. You need to do these things BEFORE mortality strikes. And while no one enjoys doing this sort of thing, the time and pain you save your family by planning out your estate will be well worth it. It’s something that all responsible people face during their lifetime, and you’re one of those people who cares about your family and wants to make sure that they’re taken care of after you pass away.
When you die, a probate case will be opened by the court. Things can get very simple or very complicated from there. People who haven’t left a last will are going to find that it’s the court who decides who gets their property and money. Even if you have a very small estate, it’s vital that you make out a Last Will and Testament so that your family will know how to distribute your money and assets after you die. Without that will, the courts must decide who gets what. Locating heirs can become a lengthy and frustrating process, both for the courts, lawyers, and your beloved family. Don’t let this happen.
You can set up a living will as well, sometimes an essential part of a good Estate Planning effort. Health directives help your family know what to do if you’re ever unconscious and unable to make decisions for yourself. We’ve all heard horror stories about families who had to be the one to make the final decision on life support. If there’s a health directive, it becomes much easier for your family to know what your wishes are. And that makes the decision easier for them and less heartbreaking. At the very least, they can know that they carried out YOUR wishes and not their own.
Trusts are another component of estate planning sometimes. A trust is a legal arrangement that allows you to directly put your property and assets into a “trust” so that they will not go into Probate after your death. If you keep something in a trust for your sons, daughters, or other loved ones, then they’re going to have access to that money and property much sooner after your death. There will be no court involved in the decision because you’ve placed those things into a trust during your estate planning.
As you begin the process of estate planning, you’ll notice how very difficult it is. Most people simply don’t have the legal knowledge it would take to even begin to know how to set up these things with lawyers and courts. That’s why you need to call the lawyers at Raiser & Kenniff, PC. Our legal team has over 100 years of combined experience in these matters. That’s a lot of knowledge, and it can save you a lot of time. Your family will be able to know that you’ve directly stated your wishes and that your legal documents are valid. Authenticating a will is no problem when you’ve called the folks at Raiser & Kenniff, PC because we know what we’re doing in these matters, and we’re able to do those things quickly. Our knowledge on these cases is expansive and well-respected in our legal community.
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We realize that Estate Planning is a sensitive matter. Sometimes it makes people sad to think about one day not being here with friends and family, and we certainly understand that.