Estates and Probate
The tragedy of September 11, 2001 taught us all how easily we can be caught unaware and unprepared for serious illness and injury and the loss of a parent and primary income provider. Planning ahead can be your best friend when catastrophe strikes.
There are steps you can take and documents you can sign to assist you and your family through difficult times, whether due to injury, death or illness. We can advise you concerning these documents and other actions you can take to preserve your peace of mind.
These documents include:
- Advance Directives – allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.
- Conservatorship – appoint someone to care for your well-being and your estate in the event that you become incapacitated.
- Last Will and Testament – directs the distribution of your estate according to your wishes and designates a guardian for your minor children.
- Trusts – an arrangement in which money, property and other assets are managed by one party for the benefit of another.
- Power of Attorney – gives someone else (usually a relative, friend or advisor) the authority to make certain decisions and act on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
- Living Will – documents your wishes regarding care intended to sustain life, with the option to accept or refuse certain medical treatment.
Are you the beneficiary of someone else’s estate?
Are you a named executor / executrix in someone else’s will? You may need legal assistance to probate an estate or protect your rights as a beneficiary.
Are you responsible for someone else’s care, financially or physically?
If so, you most likely need information concerning guardianships and conservatorships.
Thank you for visiting our site. If you are looking for estate and probate assistance, please contact us at 203-281-1717.