Hire an Estate Planning Lawyer
Do You Need Help With an Estate Plan?
Consulting and working closely with an experienced estate planning attorney is a key step in making sure that your final property distribution and healthcare wishes are preserved and carried out. Whether you would like to draft a basic will to provide for a few loved ones, revise an existing will, create a trust agreement, or complete a comprehensive estate plan -- including living trusts, tax-free gifts, testamentary trusts, healthcare directives, and more -- having a knowledgeable estate planning attorney on your side can be a valuable asset.
How an Estate Planning Attorney Can Help
An experienced estate planning attorney will first discuss with you the state of your financial affairs, your real and personal property, your estate planning goals, the potential needs of your loved ones in your absence, and your final healthcare wishes. An attorney will then discuss the options available to you and will work closely with you toward an estate planning solution that is right for you, not only in terms of wills and final health care wishes, but also as to steps you can take now in order to save your estate and your loved ones taxes and other expenses. Finally, an estate planning attorney will prepare and execute all necessary documents such as wills, living trusts, testamentary trusts, and powers of attorney. The attorney may also anticipate and avoid negative tax implications by consulting expert accounting and tax advisors in some instances.
Finding an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
To find skilled legal help with your estate plan, use the FindLaw Lawyer Directory to search for a law firm or attorney near you. To get started, go to the "Find a Lawyer" box near the upper left corner of this page, and enter your city or zip code. You can also find an experienced estate planning attorney near you here.
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