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“I had estate planning issues and Mr. Wilcox knew exactly how to resolve them. His advice was exactly what I needed.”
– Estate planning client, March 2016
“My parents are concerned there might be "conflict" in the event of their death among the family. Stephen gave me great advice with different scenarios to make sure I understood exactly what would go on with my concern. He also gave me advice on how much I should pay for a service that was needed. He really cleared things up for me so that I could make a better informed decision!”
– Estate planning client, April 2016
There are several estate planning basics that Avvo Legal Services can help you complete.
No matter your age, it’s important to have a last will and testament or a living trust.
You don’t want the courts deciding where all of your assets and property end up. One of the best ways to avoid this is to make a will online with the help of a lawyer or or a set up a living trust.
It’s up to you how detailed you want those estate planning documents to be.
The biggest difference between a last will and a living trust is that a last will means your family will need to go through probate court, which costs time and money. A living trust avoids probate, but is often more expensive to create.
Other estate planning documents you should consider creating are a power of attorney and a living will.
In order for someone to get power of attorney you will need to complete a form which gives someone the ability to make important financial, business, and legal decisions for you. The amount of control that person has and when they have it is entirely up to you.
A living will states what your medical wishes are if you are no longer able to physically and mentally communicate those wishes clearly.
By working with a lawyer on these estate planning basics you can make sure your documents are personalized to meet your needs and clearly express your wishes. With upfront pricing and the flexibility to choose your own lawyer, Avvo Legal Services allows you to plan ahead with confidence.