Windham Lawyers For Wills And Other Estate Planning Documents
When it comes to your assets, planning ahead is the best strategy. It is important to talk with your lawyer about documents like your will or power of attorney long before you might need them.
If you do not have a will, New York state law will determine how your assets are distributed after you pass away. Things might not go to the people intended, which can sometimes cause family infighting. If you do not have a health care proxy, you might not receive medical care that is in line with your beliefs.
At Esslie & Frenia, P.C., we help our clients avoid these serious consequences by protecting their assets through the creation of complete estate plans. A complete estate plan is more than just a will. It can include a trust, power of attorney or health care proxy as well:
- Wills: Your will names a person to manage the distribution of your assets in the event of your death. The document can identify your assets and name the people those assets should pass. A Will can also create a guardianship for your minor children or create a trust funded by assets from your estate.
- Trusts: Trusts can be connected to a will when it is possible that someone under 18 or someone who needs a little supervision may inherit your assets. Trusts make sure that the assets are used wisely, and they also protect assets from lawsuits, divorces or creditors.
- Powers of attorney: Powers of attorney give someone the authority to manage important business matters for you. Many people use powers of attorney for their finances, giving their loved ones access to their bank accounts so that bills can still be paid in the event of an emergency.
- Health care proxies: Health care proxies allow you to name someone to make important health care decisions in the event that you can't communicate your needs or desires.
Experienced Attorneys For Personal Estate Planning, Tailored To Your Needs
"These are my assets, and this is what I want to happen." At our Cairo, New York, law firm, we start estate planning by having a conversation with our clients. We talk with them about their families, their assets and their goals. Then, we tailor an estate plan to meet their needs.
People have come to us with thick, fancy-looking estate plans that were prepared by the large law firms. Those big firms can put together estate plans, but even the most elaborate-looking plan doesn't get the job done if it isn't written to meet your needs and protect the things that are important to you. Sometimes it's just better to go with a firm that provides personal attention from attorneys who take the time to get to know you.
Let Us Answer Your Questions. Contact Our Experienced Attorneys About Your Will.
We can answer your questions. We can help guide you in the right direction. Contact us by calling 518-622-9910 to speak with an attorney.