As an estate planning attorney, I think about death. Thinking and planning for a bad day will place value on the good days.
For some, end-of-life decisions is an easy process, while others find it difficult, stressful and uncomfortable.
For you, I want your next step to be easy.
Estate Planning Attorney: Before Death
When I meet with veterans, families and single persons, I start with what might our last day look like and how will our family and friends respond. From there, it is a matter of identifying a document to help for a given situation.
As a source of truth, I like the idea of reviewing what Minnesota’s attorney general says about estate planning. Upon hearing your goals and priorities, issue spotting becomes much easier.
While we are alive, an estate planning attorney can draft and assist with:
- Accessing estate planning documents in a panic,
- Using a health care directive,
- Implementing a power of attorney,
- Drafting or funding a revocable trust,
- Granting rights to a new Trustee,
- Addressing the family cabin,
- Nursing home matters,
- Funeral planning,
- Beneficiary forms, and
- Numerous other estate planning needs.
Estate Planning Attorney: Post Death
When we die, a lawyer helping an estate can take on different roles. Generally, my role is limited to either advising a personal representative (“PR”), trustee or beneficiary.
Post-death planning issues for an attorney include:
- Guardianship and Children issues,
- What to do when a spouse dies,
- Enforcing a Will,
- Formal probate claims,
- Informal probate matters,
- Transfer on death deeds, and
- Related post-death matters
Estate Lawyer and Services
Seeking help from an Estate Lawyer means different things to every person and family. Here are a few examples:
- One-on-one Consultations,
- Drafting documents and memorandums,
- Document review,
- Representation during the probate process, and
- On-going advocacy at your discretion.
Again, because every person and every family dynamic is different, every plan should be different too.