Estate planning is about more than your legacy and what you leave behind; it’s about peace of mind for you in life and for your family and loved ones after your passing. Thinking through estate planning decisions is challenging — as humans, we don’t like to imagine ourselves physically or mentally unable, we don’t like to think about our death. However, deciding your wishes now means one less stressor for you and your loved ones in emotionally difficult times.
The estate planning attorneys at Dozier Miller see you as more than a client. We see you as a friend planning for the future. Our personal approach means getting to know you, your worries and concerns, and your goals.
We’ll sit down with you to develop an estate plan that ensures your wishes are carried out when the time comes. With decades of experience writing estate plans and going through the probate (estate administration) process in court, we’re well equipped to answer your questions.
Our attorneys can help with all aspects of planning for your future: wills and trusts, health care powers of attorney and advance directives, life insurance trusts, succession planning for family businesses, estate tax counseling and more.
If you haven’t expressed your wishes for the distribution of your property ahead of time, the state courts will be in charge of determining how to split up your estate. By creating a will, you can make the process smoother for your loved ones and give yourself peace of mind that your wishes are carried out.
While a will is a good estate planning tool, and probably the one the general public is most familiar with, it may not necessarily be the best option for you. Depending on your situation, a trust may be a better fit for your goals.
Death and taxes are often said to be the two great certainties in the world, but they’re also two things we least like to think about. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to shelter your family and loved ones from stressful tax issues upon your passing.
A health care power of attorney allows you to select an “agent” to make decisions about your health care if you can no longer speak for yourself. Your agent should be someone you trust with making important, sometimes life-or-death, decisions for you.
In the event you lose the ability to make health care decisions for yourself, how do you make sure your wishes are known and honored? Through advance directives, you can outline the types of medical treatments you do and do not want.
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