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Developing A Plan To Protect Your Future And Your Family's Future

For many of us, an estate plan seems like something that can wait for another time. Unfortunately, we can never know with certainty when that time might be. If you have children or own any property, if you want your assets to go to the right people at the right time, if you want to spare your family the worry of health care decisions, you need an estate plan.

  • Last Will and Testament. A will is basic to any estate plan, even for those who place their assets in trusts. A will states how your property should be distributed. If you have children, a will can name their guardian(s) if you can no longer care for them.

  • Power of Attorney. A power of attorney designates who should manage your financial affairs for you in the event you are unable to manage them yourself. Powers of attorney save your family and other loved ones from the anguish of going to court to establish conservatorship.

  • Health Care Directive. Often called a living will, a health care directive instructs medical caregivers and family members about how you want medical decisions to be made in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.

  • Trusts. A trust is established to manage, protect and transfer assets. Trusts can be established for special purposes like the care of dependent adults, the care of minor children, making charitable donations, probate avoidance, and other purposes. When drafted and funded by an experienced estate planning attorney, trusts provide seamless management and distribution of assets upon death or incapacity without court involvement.

An estate plan enables you to make sure your assets are distributed in the ways you have chosen. It assures that your loved ones fully understand your end-of-life medical choices. It also prevents family confusion and disagreements at a very difficult time.

Many people make, review or alter their estate plans at transitions in their lives - a divorce, the birth of a child, children reaching adulthood, marriage or remarriage, a major move, a health crisis, or retirement. If you are ready to talk to a lawyer about your plan for the future, contact me by email or call my office at 651-478-8999 to schedule a consultation. Appointments are available at my main office in Woodbury. Limited appointments are available at my satellite location in Roseville.

I'm estate planning attorney Elizabeth Neyens. I help my clients determine their goals and put those goals in writing so there will be no question about their wishes. In some cases, estate plans are complex. In most cases, however, they are clear and direct statements of your intentions. Either way, I can help.

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