Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Don't leave things to chance. Make sure you have the final say with expert probate estate planning advice. We will help you and your family avoid probate court by getting all of your paperwork in order in advance. Draft your will early to protect yourself, your investments and your family, including care of your dependents. Living wills and powers of attorney leave no doubt as to your long term care wishes. Visit Mary Lynn Desjarlais to develop a unique, comprehensive strategy to make sure you and your loved ones are always taken care of.
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» Drafting and Changing Wills
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. Ms. Desjarlais thoroughly analyzes your estate and strategizes the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Drafting your living will,living trust and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will and testament provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet, making decisions that might not reflect your desires. A living trust allows for the after death disposition of your estate with out the need or cost of probate.
Mary Lynn Desjarlais, Attorney at Law can draft valid wills and trust agreements that ensure your intentions are honored.
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Ms. Desjarlais drafts updated wills or trusts that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Contact an estate planning law firm you can trust today.
Call Mary Lynn Desjarlais, Attorney at Law at 941-923-3388 today to schedule a appointment, or contact the firm online