Smith Law, P.C.

Protecting your rights in difficult times.

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What will happen to your assets if you are incapable of handling your affairs?  Do you have a plan to manage your affairs in the event of incapacity or manage and distribute your assets in the event of death?

Ensure you have an estate plan to avoid major pitfalls in the future due to lack of planning.

We charge $100 for a one-hour consultation to collect basic information from you and discuss options depending on your individual circumstances.

To review your circumstances please call

■Last will and testament (a legal instrument that permits a person [personal representative] to make decisions on how your estate will be managed and distributed after your death)

■Revocable living trust (a relationship created where you [Grantor] nominate a person [Trustee], who is typically yourself or an alternate if your are unable to act, hold your property [trust assets] subject to certain duties to use and protect the assets for the benefit of the Grantor and the Grantor's beneficiaries)

■General durable power of attorney (where you appoint an agent over your financial affairs when you need help)

■Medical power of attorney (where you appoint an agent over your medical treatment and end of life decisions when you are unable to make your own decisions)

■Advanced directives (a document that sets forth your explicit instructions as to the acceptance/rejection of medical/surgical treatment in the event you have a terminal condition or are in a persistent vegetative state)

■Quitclaim deed (a deed transferring your ownership interest in real property during your life)

■Beneficiary deed (a deed to avoid probate which is recorded during your life and conveys your ownership interest in real property to a beneficiary upon your death)

■Planning for disabled parents or children (make sure you have a plan that addresses their future situation, such as a caregiver agreement, trust, etc.)

■Conservatorship (a court action where a person is appointed to manage your financial affairs if there is no power of attorney in place)

■Guardianship (a court action where a person is appointed to manage your "person," where you live, medical treatment, etc., if there is no power of attorney in place)

 

We can draft a basic will and power of attorney package for an affordable cost or create a more elaborate estate plan depending upon your individual circumstances.

The process may involve working with your financial and tax advisors to develop a plan customized for your needs.  We can help with the following: