Wills, Trusts, & Probate
It is shocking how many people delay creating a last will and testament. I’ve seen it thousands of times – family members come to me to sort out the mess left by the death of a loved one. While some states may impose additional regulations, in general, wills can be written by any person over the age of 18 who is mentally capable (“being of sound mind and memory,” also known as testamentary capacity).
Whether you’re trying to decide how to pass on land, property, a home or business, heirlooms or family treasures, money, stocks or – commonly – a combination of all of the above, the right knowledge and a brief consultation with a lawyer allows you to take care of your family’s security, and, just as importantly, keep your assets safe from predators who would take advantage of you should you become unable to look after your own interests and affairs.
While none of us want to think about our own mortality, establishing a will or living trust is one of the most important things you can do to provide for the security of your family now, and to create a positive legacy for future generations.
From financial planning to protecting assets, and from drafting a will to creating a trust, all individuals should have the privilege to determine their last voice. I advise clients on the most effective strategies to get their affairs in order and protect themselves and their families.