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Complete Your Estate Plan Today

When it comes to planning for the future, people often, and unfortunately, overlook the importance of estate planning. The purpose of an estate plan is to protect your interests in the event of your death or incapacitation. If you pass away without an estate plan, your assets and property will be evaluated by probate court and distributed without taking your personal preferences into account.

The benefits of an estate plan include:

  • Distributing your assets and property per your wishes
  • Protecting your family from probate court
  • Ensuring your assets aren’t greatly impacted by federal, state, or estate taxes
  • Allocating guardianship to young children or relatives with special needs
  • Guaranteeing that your medical choices are upheld upon your incapacitation

Contact Wiseheart Kaiser Law Firm if you’re interested in creating an estate plan. Our lawyers are knowledgeable about estate planning laws and can guide you in completing the necessary legal documents your estate plan needs to be effective.

Contact our Sunset Hills lawyers at (314) 966-2226 to learn more about the benefits of estate planning.

Your Estate Plan Documents

At Wiseheart Kaiser Law Firm, our estate planning attorneys can help you design your estate plan to perfectly match your circumstances and personal objectives. This is achieved through the completion of specific legal documents that ensure your interests are absolutely protected per your wishes.

Will

A will is the most important document in your estate plan. Your “Last Will and Testament” gives you control over what happens to your estate after your passing.

A will serves four important functions:

  1. Designates your beneficiaries
  2. Establishes an executor to handle your legal affairs
  3. Dictates how your assets will be distributed
  4. Names a guardian to care for minor children

Revocable Trust

A revocable trust is the most popular trust option for an estate plan. Unlike a will, assets that are placed into a living trust can bypass probate court and almost immediately transfer to your beneficiaries. This saves your beneficiaries months of expensive legal fees. Keep in mind, however, that a trust can’t replace a will. Both documents are necessary and work together to protect your estate.

Irrevocable Trust

An irrevocable trust is rarely utilized in estate plans because it can’t be altered or terminated without the beneficiary’s permission. Your ownership is relinquished once your assets are placed into an irrevocable trust. The benefit of an irrevocable trust is that your assets are completely protected from your taxable estate.

Advanced Healthcare Directive

An advanced healthcare directive is important because it specifies your healthcare choices in the event of a medical emergency or your incapacitation. Your family and medical care providers are legally responsible for respecting your wishes.

Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

A durable power of attorney for healthcare authorizes an agent to make healthcare decisions if you are incapacitated or facing a medical emergency. This agent must abide by the advanced healthcare directive.

Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

A durable power of attorney for finances authorizes a representative to handle your financial affairs while you are incapacitated.

This legal document grants your agent the authority to:

  • Access your financial accounts
  • Pay your bills and taxes
  • Take care of your medical expenses
  • Manage your assets

Design Your Estate Plan Today

Designing an estate plan can be complicated when there are so many important factors to consider. At Wiseheart Kaiser Law Firm, we can help you create an effective estate plan that respects your personal choices and family dynamics. We want our 30 years of legal experience and knowledge of the estate planning process to benefit you.

Contact Wiseheart Kaiser Law Firm at (314) 966-2226 to schedule your free consultation.

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