Wesley Chapel estate planning lawyers can help guide you through the process of drafting or revising the various estate planning documents that are essential to help you achieve full peace of mind. Estate planning documents such as a last will and testament, trust and living will are designed to help you plan for any eventuality, indicating your desires and preferences when you are no longer alive or not able to address these matters personally.
As you work with a law firm dealing in estate planning, Wesley Chapel residents can work to achieve a number of objectives, as you can indicate:
- how you’d like your estate to be handled;
- who will be appointed a guardian for a minor or disabled beneficiary’s;
- who should care for your pets if you die;
- who is authorized to make specific legal decisions on your behalf; and
- Your health care decisions if you are incapacitated.
When it comes to estate planning, some may be tempted to handle these documents and forms on their own without the help of a lawyer. But this is an approach that is ill-advised due to the legalities and the complexity of estate planning. Most of the generic estate planning forms found online are insufficient to fully meet your needs and any discrepancies or ambiguities can complicate an already difficult situation, which may need to be resolved by the courts. In short, poorly drafted legal documents can make matters more complex, raising more problems than are resolved.
What Documents Will I Draft During the Process of Estate Planning?
Wesley Chapel estate planning attorneys can help you draft a last will and testament, which goes into effect when you pass away. Trusts are also commonly created in conjunction with a will, as a trust may be more versatile and flexible. For your situation
A living will is also part of the estate planning process. A form of advance directive, your living will becomes valid if you are incapacitated. The living will is intended to guide your care, regarding the usage of life support measures. For medical situations that are foreseeable, health care surrogate documentation can be useful as this allows you to designate a person who can make medical decisions on your behalf.
Power of attorney documents are another important document used in estate planning. A power of attorney allows you to convey financial and property decision-making powers to another person.
*Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Jhonston & Sasser, P.A*