Whether you know it or not, you have an “estate,” and it needs planning. Your estate is everything you own – your house, your car, your retirement fund, your life insurance policy, your pay pal account, your dog, your jewelry, and even your collection of Pokémon memorabilia. No matter how large or small, you have an estate, and you need to think about what will happen to it when you die.
But the process of estate planning is much more than just figuring out which of your kids will inherit the family jewels, or to which neighbor you can entrust the future of your prize-winning vegetable garden. And it’s much more than a discount, do-it-yourself will from a “legal document service” like LegalZoom.
At Learned Lawyer, we want to know about what’s important to you and unique about your family. How are you going to pass your values on to your kids? If they are young, who will take care of them after you’re gone? And who will manage their money for them? Who would manage your money if you became disabled? Who will be there to help your loved ones wrap up your financial and legal affairs after your death?
And many families have complicating factors that make the process all the more vital. How should we deal with the son who is addicted to pain medicine? Do we leave him an inheritance, knowing that it will be put to poor use? Or what about the daughter with cerebral palsy, who receives Medicaid? How do we leave her money to use for quality of life without the government denying her Medicaid benefits?
All of these questions have answers and these problems have solutions. We can answer those questions and help you design the right solutions for you and your family. And, although it is tempting to wait until “later” to deal with these issues – we understand these are not topics most people enjoy thinking about – the fact is that none of us have any guarantee tomorrow will ever come.
So call us today to start the process and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a properly-prepared plan in place.