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At Brooks Law Office, P.C., we prepare wills, and estate plans, and provide probate services for our clients. We represent individuals in all aspects of estate planning. We help you make sure that your estate plan (usually a will) is appropriate for your current circumstances.
Do you need a will or estate plan? We can answer that question, as well as others you may have about your family's financial future.
Wills are the most basic element of estate planning. A will is a legal document that explains how you want your property and assets distributed. It allows you to say who you want to carry out your wishes and gives you a chance to nominate a guardian for your minor children. A will gives you the last word, and if you have questions about whether you need a will we can help. If you pass without a will, you are intestate, and if you are intestate the laws in the state where you live control distribution of your assets.
Probate is the court-supervised process of concluding your affairs. Many people associate probate with large costs and think that the smart thing to do is to avoid probate. Contrary to this popular belief, the probate of most estates runs smoothly. The court's supervision ensures that your outstanding debts, taxes, and claims against you are paid and that your remaining assets are divided among your heirs. We can explain the probate process whether you are planning for the future or involved in probate right now.
When you pass, your assets become your estate. Every state has a court-supervised process for distributing the property left in your estate. Some property may be excluded from probate, like life insurance or pension plans with named beneficiaries. Despite the size of your estate, probate can be a complicated process. If you want to minimize the complications for your loved ones, or if you are in the midst of probate right now, we can answer your questions and put your mind at ease.
A living will is a tool that allows you to make health care decisions when you are no longer able to do so. It is a document that gives instructions to your physician and other health care providers as to the circumstances under which you want life-sustaining treatment provided, withheld or withdrawn. Unlike a health care power of attorney, a living will only covers your wishes for life-sustaining treatment. A living will should be drawn up by an attorney to make sure your individual needs are clearly specified. Tell your physician, family and spiritual or religious advisor that you have created and signed a living will, and make sure someone knows where to locate it. You can amend or revoke it at any time.