About the only thing worse than losing a loved one is when that person has passed away without a Will or other final instructions. Dealing with all the issues that come with such loss adds to the grief that all endure at such a sad time. Please, in consideration of all those you love and who love you, plan ahead.

My father passed away at an early age and I’ve dealt with these matters first hand. I know and understand the grief and emotions involved. In my law practice, I’ve seen families torn apart due to differences in opinion as to the details of the many decisions that must be made at such times. All this can be avoided through proper planning.

I feel so strongly about these issues that my fees are greatly reduced from those normally charged for my time when I help clients plan for their passing. In addition to Wills, we also discuss Physicians’ Directives, Durable Powers of Attorney and instructions for funerals, memorials and one’s final resting place.

This area of law is referred to as “Probate” and includes more than just Wills and final instructions. Here we also have Trusts, Guardianships and Conservatorships:.

Trusts can be used for various purposes regarding control and disposition of assets – they can be either revocable or non-revocable depending on the grantor’s desires. There are tax considerations that come with Trusts.

Guardianships and Conservatorships are used to protect a person who cannot care for their own affairs for various reasons. These can be voluntary but at times they have to be imposed by petitioning the Court in order to protect a person from those who would take advantage of them.

For any of these matters, please call for an appointment to come in and visit with me so that we may discuss these concerns in detail privately.