How Do I Start Estate Planning?

Muskegon MI Estate Planning AttorneyEstate planning gives you peace of mind so you can enjoy retirement to the fullest. While we understand most clients don’t like confronting their own mortality, you shouldn’t put off creating a will and appointing a power of attorney.

Estate planning lets your loved ones know how you would like your personal effects distributed and what decisions you would like made on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated.

Continue reading to learn how to start estate planning. For more information, contact our estate planning attorney.

Do You Want to Start Estate Planning?

Hire Our Estate Attorney

The last thing you want is loved ones fighting in court after you’re gone. Our estate attorney will help you avoid inconsistencies and loopholes that could lead to people challenging your will. Our estate attorney knows how to create documents that will stand up in court so you can enjoy peace of mind.

Estate planning doesn’t have to be tedious when you work with our estate lawyer. Our lawyer will be able to walk you through the process so you can protect assets, describe preferences for end-of-life care, and convey your last wishes to loved ones. Even the smallest estate can benefit from the expertise of our elder law attorney.

Appoint a Financial Power of Attorney

You are able to appoint a financial power of attorneyto manage your estate in the event you are incapacitated and unable to do this for yourself. The power of attorney gives someone you trust the right to handle finances, assets, and other legal matters in your stead. While a power of attorney can handle both financial and medical matters, many of our clients choose to divide these duties between two people. Before appointing a financial power of attorney, be sure to consult with our estate planning lawyer.

Appoint a Medical Power of Attorney

A medical power of attorney is able to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated and unable to make these decisions for yourself. Carefully choose your health care power of attorney, as this person will be responsible for determining your end-of-life care, when to end life support, and other important decisions. We recommend you write an advance directive with our elder law attorney so your family knows your final wishes.

Write Your Last Will and Testament

Do you have a last will and testament? If not, you’ll want to hire our estate planning attorney as soon as possible. While it may be tempting to write a will on your own, our attorney will be able to help you avoid inconsistencies and loopholes that could lead to your will being contested. DIY wills are often challenged in court for being too vague.

A will lets your survivors know your final wishes for how you would like money and items distributed. Your legal will can distribute tangible property and money to family, friends, organizations, and even strangers. Hire our attorney who has experience with writing a will so you have peace of mind that your final wishes will be honored.

Our estate attorney in Norton Shores MI is dedicated to helping you plan for the future through asset protection, Medicaid planning, and other elder law services. To schedule a consultation with Attorney Douglas H. McPhail, call (231) 799-4994.