Estate planning is an important aspect of our lives that often gets overlooked. Many people don't want to think about their own mortality, but planning for the future is a necessary step in securing your legacy and protecting your loved ones. Wills and trusts are two legal instruments that can help you achieve these goals.
At Hubbard Snitchler & Parzianello, we understand that creating a will or trust can be a daunting task, but it is one that we can help make easy and accessible for you. Our lawyers have served thousands of clients in Detroit, Wayne County, Oakland County and the surrounding areas, so you can trust that our attorneys can help you navigate the system.
Don't leave your legacy to chance. Contact us at (313) 546-9685 to discuss how we can help you protect your assets and loved ones with a customized will and trust plan.
Assistance with Drafting & Filing Wills & Trusts Documents
Creating legally binding documents is crucial in ensuring your wishes are followed. We provide support in drafting the following documents:
- Last Will and Testament. This document outlines your wishes on how your assets will be distributed after your death. Having a will in place can prevent the need for probate, which may delay the distribution of your assets.
- Living Will and Designation of Health Care Surrogate. A living will expresses your preferences regarding life-prolonging medical treatments in case you develop a terminal condition. You may also appoint a healthcare surrogate to make decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated.
- Declaration of Guardian. You can nominate a guardian for your children in case you pass away or cannot care for them. This document also allows you to assign assets to another party.
- Medical Records Privacy Waiver. Grant another party the ability to access your medical records by completing this waiver. This may be useful in the event of a car crash, for instance, and your attorney needs to access your medical history.
What Is a Will and Trust Lawyer?
A wills and trusts attorney is a legal professional who assists in the planning and administration of estates. These attorneys provide guidance and assistance to individuals who want to ensure their assets are distributed according to their wishes after their death. They are well-versed in the laws and regulations governing wills, trusts, probate, and other estate planning documents.
They assist and help clients in creating and managing their estate plans, preparing legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance directives, and advising clients on tax implications and other legal issues.
They also help clients navigate the probate process and represent clients in court if necessary.
What to Look for in a Wills and Trusts Attorney
When looking for a will and trust attorney, it is essential to find a lawyer who possesses certain qualities. These include excellent communication skills, attention to detail, a thorough understanding of estate planning laws, and a compassionate and empathetic approach. A good lawyer should be able to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and understandable way and provide personalized guidance to meet each client's unique needs.
Benefits of Hiring a Will and Trust Lawyer
- Avoiding Legal Issues: One of the significant benefits of hiring a wills and trust attorney is that they can help you avoid legal issues that could arise from an improperly executed or outdated estate plan. They can ensure that your plan is in compliance with the latest laws and regulations, and all legal requirements are met.
- Customizing Will and Trust: Another advantage of hiring a wills and trust attorney is that they can help you customize your will and trust to meet your specific needs and goals. They can provide guidance on asset protection, tax planning, and other legal strategies to ensure that your estate plan is comprehensive and effective.
- Saving Time and Money: Creating an estate plan can be a time-consuming and complicated process. By hiring a lawyer, you can save valuable time and ensure that your plan is executed correctly the first time, avoiding costly mistakes and legal disputes in the future.
- Ensuring Proper Execution of Your Plan: An attorney can also help ensure that your estate plan is executed according to your wishes. They can help you choose the right executor or trustee, oversee the distribution of your assets, and provide guidance on any legal issues that may arise during the process.
Some Responsibilities of a Will and Trust Lawyer
- Assessing Your Needs and Goals: The first step in the estate planning process is to assess your needs and goals. A wills and trust attorney or estate planning lawyer can help you identify your estate planning goals, such as ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, minimizing estate taxes, and providing for your family's financial security. The attorney can also help you identify potential issues that could arise during the estate planning process, such as conflicts among family members or complicated assets that require special planning.
- Preparing Your Documents: Once your estate planning goals have been identified, a will and trust lawyer can prepare the necessary legal documents to achieve those goals. The attorney can create a last will and testament outlining how your assets will be distributed after your death. The attorney can also create a trust, which can be used to avoid probate, minimize estate taxes, and provide for minor children or other beneficiaries with special needs. Other documents that a will and trust attorney can prepare include a living will, a healthcare proxy, a durable power of attorney, and a declaration of guardian.
- Administering Your Will: After your death, your will must be administered to distribute your assets according to your wishes. A wills and trust attorney can help ensure that the probate process goes smoothly by guiding your executor through the legal process. The attorney can assist with the identification and valuation of assets, the payment of debts and taxes, and the distribution of assets to beneficiaries. If there are disputes among family members or other parties, the attorney can represent the executor in court.
- Representing You in Court: In some cases, a will and trust attorney may need to represent you in court. For example, if someone contests your will, the attorney can represent your interests in probate court. The attorney can also represent your interests in court if there is a dispute over the interpretation of your will or trust. In addition, a will and trust attorney can represent you in court if you are appointed as a guardian or conservator for a minor or incapacitated adult.
Contact us at (313) 546-9685 now to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced wills and trusts attorneys in Detroit.
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If you need help with your will or are involved in a dispute over a will or trust, we can represent you in court. We are here to guide and help you understand your legal rights and options.
You can rely on us to protect your interests and ensure they are carried out.
Don't leave the future of your loved ones to chance. Contact us at (313) 546-9685 to schedule a consultation with our Detroit wills and trusts lawyer and take the first step towards securing your family's future.