Estate Planning Attorney: Simplify, Protect, and Preserve

Working with an estate planning attorney is about human planning for peace of mind. Planning means listening, advising, and attention to detail. Peace of mind cannot be obtained without affirming a plan. This means putting a plan on paper.

Estate planning is about personal care, planning for loved ones, and the distribution of property. This means planning for:

  • Wealth Transfers
  • Life Insurance Payouts
  • Health Challenges
  • Emergency and Disability Planning
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Peace of Mind
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Succession
  • Digital Assets

Therefore, whether you are new to the planning process, need advisement on making changes to an existing plan, or need immediate attention, please contact this office for an appointment.

Attorney Estate Planning Services

Every person and every family dynamic is different. Each plan should be different too. Here are a handful of legal services you might consider:

  1. Educational Seminars
  2. No Cost Potential Client Visionary Meetings
  3. One-on-one Consultation
  4. Plan Designs and Drafting
  5. Document Review
  6. Advocacy & Representation

Estate Planning Steps

Every person and every family is different. Here are a brief outline of issues and of steps when working with an estate planning attorney.

Estate Planning Steps

  1. Urgency and Immediate Concerns

    The first step is determining whether time is of the essence. For some, this is a health issue. For others, imminency is a result of a life event or job responsibility.

  2. Organizing Contacts

    The second step is organizing contact information of key family members and friends. Also, this may include professionals, religious leaders, or employment contacts.

  3. Identifying a Circle of Trust

    The next step is helping a Client determine who may or may not be a person who can fill a role as an Attorney in Fact, Health Care Agent, Trustee, etc.

  4. Planning for Minor Children

    This includes planning for medical emergencies, addressing gaps in financial needs and making clear decisions for guardianship.

  5. Creating a List of Necessary Tools

    Step 5 is about identifying significant tools that are generally important in every situation. This includes a will, health care directive, and various levels of a power of attorney.

  6. Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Trust

    Trusts are more than probate avoidance. And, there are many different types of trusts. Because we have an aggressive tax code and due to different family dynamics, an estate planning attorney can address whether a trust or trusts can have a very positive impact on a person’s legacy.

  7. Beneficiary Designations

    Unfortunately, standard designation forms are not always adequate. Beneficiary forms need to coordinate with a will and revocable trust. Bank mergers, changing advisors, and weighing 5-10 year payout provisions are significant steps in the estate planning process.

  8. Matrimonial Planning

    Divorce decrees, pre and post-nuptial agreements impact estates at different levels. For this reason, addressing matrimonial issues is relevant for each and every estate plan.

  9. Business Planning

    Individuals and families with business ownership and management responsibilities have an extra level of estate planning needs that require attention. Every business is different and requires a different level of attention.

  10. Giving Back

    Charitable considerations can reduce taxes, demonstrate important values to heirs, thank those that helped, memorialize a legacy, and inspire others to give.

  11. Communicate

    An estate plan does not work unless the goals and objections inside a plan are properly communicated to others. This includes fiduciaries, trustees, beneficiaries, and an advisory team. Also, the communication step can require weighing the pros and cons of adding documents to a Cloud storage system.

  12. Review, Revisit, and Revise

    Nearly every estate plan requires maintenance. After all, laws change, family dynamics change, assets and net worth go up and down, our health changes, and feelings change.

Questions for Each Estate

Of course, lots of people have questions and need direct feedback to them and their situation. Here are a few issues and topics to consider asking an estate planning attorney:

  • Are there ways to manage assets effectively such that taxes payable can be reduced?
  • What will happen upon incapacity?
  • Is there assurance for a spouse, child, or family member that makes sure they are properly cared for?
  • Protecting assets from unreasonable claims or liability;
  • Help making medical decisions;
  • Transferring ownership of retirement accounts and real property;
  • Protection from financial threats;
  • Providing for charity;
  • Addressing a contingency plan.

Review, Revisit, and Revise

Sometimes, individuals and families worry that today’s plan might change tomorrow or thereafter. This is true for everyone. On the other hand, the more significant issue is helping those who will be placed in the position of taking action.

Planning is not maintenance free. Planning an estate requires attention to detail and a balance between rigidness and flexibility. When making these determinations, consider meeting with a professional to pinpoint potential outcomes and pitfalls.

Jasper Berg
Jasper Berg, Esq.

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