Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Discussing end-of-life issues is never a comfortable topic of conversation. Everyone acknowledges the importance of estate planning, yet over half of the people in the United States have never signed a will, trust, or other estate planning documents.

Without proper estate planning, you’ll have no control over how your possessions are distributed after your death. Your estate can be subject to more taxes, leaving your loved ones with less. And if the unexpected happens, leaving you unable to make your own healthcare decisions, your family will have no guidance from you about your wishes. Not to mention who may take care of your children.

Taking the time to plan now can allow you to protect your family and can give you peace of mind. It’s important for everyone to have an estate plan, no matter your income or property.

Blade & Blade will work with you to create the estate planning documents that are right for you, including:

Will: We help you create a Will (or “Last Will and Testament”), a legal document that outlines how you want your possessions distributed and who will become the guardian of any minor children you have.

Living Trust: We help you create a revocable Living Trust, which is a complete will substitute that controls all of your assets, both during your life and after your death. Our attorneys will assist you in transferring the title of all your assets (stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.) from your name to the name of the trust. We will then name you as the trustee and beneficiary, giving you, and you alone, complete control of all your assets.

Living Will or Medical Surrogate: We help you create a Living Will, a legal document that gives directions to physicians and family members regarding decisions about your healthcare in the event that you are unable to make those decisions yourself, from a severe injury, illness, or other incapacitation.

Durable Power of Attorney: We assist and advise you in creating a Durable Power of Attorney, a legal document which allows a spouse or anyone else of your choice to sign documents and handle affairs for you. (This document is particularly helpful if mental or physical disability prevents a person from managing his/her own affairs.)

Before you start estate planning, it helps to talk to an experienced, knowledgeable attorney about your options. Call or email us today to learn how we can help you plan for the future.