It is hard to talk about what you want to happen to your assets when you are gone. No one really wants to talk about estate planning, but the fact is that it is something that everyone needs to consider. It is never too early to start planning, but it can be too late. At Jones Washburn-Gonzalez, LLP we know how difficult this process can be for you, which is why we work hard to make it as easy as possible. We can help you with decisions regarding Wills, Trusts, Health Care Instructions, Appointments of Health Care Representatives and Powers of Attorney.
We understand the significance of these decisions and will spend time with you to ensure your estate plan meets your needs, expresses your wishes, and disposes of your property while avoiding any unnecessary taxes. It is important to us that your questions get answered and that you understand how the decisions you make now will affect your loved ones in the future.
From our office in Westport, Connecticut, we handle all aspects of the estate planning process, including:
- Appointments of Health Care Representatives;
- Powers of attorney; and
- Name changes.
Drafting a Will may not be the easiest thing to do, but it is important if you want to leave a record to your family and friends of who gets your assets should the unexpected occur. Many people who do not have large estates think that they do not need a Will, but the simple truth is that without a Will the probate court will distribute your assets by way of the laws of intestacy.
One of the most important issues we address with clients is whether or not they have minor children. Creating provisions for your minor children to receive assets at appropriate ages and appointing guardians for your children while they are still minors can be an important component of your estate plan.
If you already have a Will, you should not think that your work is done. Circumstances and relationships change. Do you still want the original executor you named to be in charge? Have you remarried to someone with children? Has your financial situation changed dramatically? These are all factors that should make you consider revisiting and possibly updating your current estate plan.