Keen Home Care works with highly qualified estate planning attorneys who can safeguard your assets and protect your right to make decisions about your health and your finances.
Estate planning attorneys create or review estate plans, wills, and trusts. They assist you in designating your agent for finance and healthcare powers of attorney and in spelling out your end-of-life wishes in your advanced healthcare directive. These attorneys can also provide litigation support.
Wills, Trusts, & Planning
Many individuals put off creating a will or a trust until it is too late. This places a tremendous emotional and financial burden on their loved ones.
Proper estate planning allows you to:
- Transfer your property in accordance with your wishes
- Minimize exposure to estate taxes, thus allowing you to pass more of your property and wealth to your family
- Reduce or even eliminate probate costs
- Care for a domestic partner or significant other, if you are not married
- Define your wishes regarding key medical and end-of-life treatment
- Provide for the welfare of a special needs child, an elderly parent, or other beneficiary
Wills – Without a validly executed will, your property may be distributed contrary to your wishes.
Trusts – Irrevocable trusts and revocable living trusts may reduce probate costs and avoid or minimize estate taxes.
Probate can be expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating. An estate planning attorney can assist you and your family in the following ways:
- Pay debts, taxes, and expenses of the estate
- Provide notice to creditors
- Resolve creditor claims
- Sell real property
- File an accounting with the court
- Address beneficiary questions and concerns
- Resolve any disputes
- Carry out final distribution of the assets
- Collect, inventory, and value assets
A conservatorship is required when adults are declared incapable of making critical life decisions. A conservatorship may be required to protect an individual’s rights and interests.
Conservatorships are time-consuming, costly, and inefficient. Far better to hire a qualified estate planning attorney to draft powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, and other important documents that help avoid the necessity of a conservatorship later in life.
Despite planning and efforts to avoid problems with an estate, you may need to hire an estate litigation attorney to represent you and your beneficiaries:
- Will contests
- Beneficiary claims
- Breach of a fiduciary duty
- Estate mismanagement
- Family disputes
- Questioning the validity of wills