Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts :
Planning protects your family. As a lawyer who has drafted wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills for over 30 years I can help you do that. A will or a trust is a document which disperses your property with your direction upon your death. A Trust can also maintain control in a person you appoint (a trustee) to manage your assets on behalf of a beneficiary after you die. A Durable Power of Attorney is a document which gives control of you or your assets if and when you desire it to or in the event of your incapacity. If you do not have a Durable Power of Attorney and you become incapacitated your family will have to file a Guardianship action with the Court. A guardianship proceeding is very expensive and can be demeaning. It should be avoided. Therefore a Durable Power of Attorney is very important to have. A Living Will is your stated desire about whether to terminate life in an end stage condition. A living will makes sure that your family knows your desires and how you want to be treated so that your loved ones do not have to make this decision on their own.
Probate is the process of administering your will, collecting your assets, paying your debts and distributing your assets to your loved ones. An experienced attorney handles this technical process for you and saves you the stress and turmoil of dealing with these issues while you are grieving. I have been handling probate matters for over 30 years and I will walk you through the process from beginning to end.
Real Estate and Title Insurance :
Whether you are selling or buying real estate you should be represented by a lawyer. Many real estate agents steer their clients to title companies. The agents at title companies are not lawyers and they cannot defend you if something goes wrong. A good lawyer assures that the process goes smoothly. For Sellers the attorney prepares the deed, closing affidavit, bill of sale and closing statement. For Buyers the attorney searches the title and prepares a title insurance commitment and policy. The title process is to insure that there are no liens on your property and if there are, that they are taken care of at closing. Having an attorney handle this is the best way to be sure the process will be a smooth one and that if any problems that occur will be handled.