Estate Planning typically contains the following documents:
- Will (with or without trust provisions)
- Revocable Trusts
- Irrevocable Trusts
- Special Needs Trusts
- Insurance Trusts
- Financial Powers of Attorney
- Medical Powers of Attorney
- HIPAA Release Form
- Directives to Physicians (aka Living Will)
- Appointment of Agent for Funeral Arrangements
- Declaration of Guardian in Event of Later Incapacity
- Transfers of Title
- Disposition of Remains
Every client is different so not all documents will apply to each estate plan. Additional documents may be necessary to protect certain assets, such as Special Needs Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trust, etc. An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney can customize an Estate Plan ranging from a simple will to more complex trusts tailored to your specific needs. North Texas Estate Planning Attorney Ronda Haynes has 20+ years experience in Probate And Estate Planning. From Simple Wills & Trusts to Very Complex Estates, you’re in good hands with The Law Office Of Ronda S. Haynes.
Do I Really Need An Estate Plan?
There are many reasons why individuals fail to create an Estate Plan. Young adults do not feel the need as they do not own property or believe they have plenty of time to get it done since they are so young. Middle aged adults tend to think they too have plenty of time. Older adults and the elderly sometimes believe their spouse will get everything anyway so do not believe a Will is necessary.
For young adults just turning 18, you may not need a Will, but you should certainly consider powers of attorney. As young adults are preparing for college or moving to their own home, they don’t realize Mom and Dad can’t help them with doctor appointments or banking issues or paying bills if something were to happen to them. As minors, our parents took care of all that because they had a legal right to. Reaching the age of majority means they can no longer speak on your behalf. If you are moving to a new town or a new state, it is important to have documents in place before they are needed. It’s also important to review your Estate Plan every 10 years or whenever there any major changes in your life.
It is also important to consider having an Estate Planning Attorney to prepare a Will and Powers Of Attorney if you have young children. As parents, we all want to protect our children and watch them grow. The sad reality is that sometimes parents die, whether due to disease or tragic accidents. Planning for these events in advance, no matter how young you are, will help ease the burden on those left behind.
Hiring an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney to prepare a comprehensive Estate Plan isn’t just for those individuals with wealth. It is important for adults of all ages and asset levels. As your life and needs change, so too should your Estate Plan. You have always protected your family and worked hard to leave behind a legacy for your loved ones. Shouldn’t you decide how that legacy should pass and protect them even after you’re gone?
Contact an Experienced North Texas Estate Planning Attorney Today to discuss your needs. It is not just a Will, it is peace of mind.