Zephyrhills residents can work with an estate planning lawyer to draft a number of important documents, which can provide you with great peace of mind knowing that your wishes are known in the event that life takes an unexpected turn.
When working with an attorney who deals in estate planning, Zephyrhills natives can draft a number of different documents, designed to help you achieve goals such as:
- indicating what care you’d like to receive if you’re incapacitated;
- appointing a guardian to care for your children and even your pets;
- appointing a person to make legal decisions on your behalf; and
- Documenting how you would like your estate to be divided after your death.
These are some of the issues that can be addressed through the process of estate planning. Notably, though, it’s important to trust your estate planning needs to a professional because many generic forms found online are insufficient. It’s common for these generic documents to cause more problems than they resolve.
What Documents are involved with Estate Planning?
Zephyrhills estate planning attorneys can help with documents including a living will, last will and testament, power of attorney forms and trusts.
As you begin your estate planning, it’s common to start with a last will and testament. This includes information such as:
- how you’d like your estate to be divided;
- how you wish to pay for any remaining debts;
- whom you’d like to serve as a guardian for your children;
- whom you’d like to receive your pets; and
- Whom you’d like to serve as executor.
A will goes into effect at the time of death. Trusts address these same issues, but a trust gives you much greater flexibility, making them a preferred option for addressing these elements of the estate planning process.
Another common estate planning document is a living will, a form of advance directive that goes into effect if you’re incapacitated. The living will is used to indicate your preferences on life support, among other issues. For more dynamic situations and incapacitation that is foreseeable, health care proxies can be used to appoint a medical decision maker who can act on your behalf.
Estate planning lawyers may also draft power of attorney documents, which come in a few different varieties. These forms enable you to convey a range of different legal decision-making powers to another party. But this type of form is legally binding and there is a great potential for abuse, so it’s important to draft your power of attorney documents with a trusted lawyer who can look out for your interests.
*Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Jhonston & Sasser, P.A*