As an estate planning attorney, I think about death. A lot!
For some, end-of-life decisions are easy to make, while others find it difficult, stressful and uncomfortable.
Because I want your next step to be easy, consider the following.
Estate Planning Attorney: Before Death
When I meet with veterans, families and single persons, I start with asking questions. What are your concerns, what do you want to have happen, and who do you trust? Sometimes, this discussion can take Clients minutes or weeks to think through. Believe me, this is normal.
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.