When we die, what becomes of our possessions and money? It’s easy to assume they pass to our families — surviving spouses and children. But how do we determine who gets what? 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.
A last will and testament can cover most possessions — from your home or car to sentimental trinkets — and can be used to appoint a guardian for young children. Some things that wills won’t cover are insurance policies that already declare beneficiaries.
No two wills are the same, nor should they be. At Dozier Miller, we firmly believe in taking a personalized approach to helping you craft your last will and testament. Every person has a unique situation and goals, and those should be reflected in your will. We’ll counsel you on creating a lasting, legal will that will give you peace of mind about providing for your loved ones after you’re gone.
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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