Several times a month we have people calling and asking for a simple will. They think they just need the one document about what happens to their things and that is enough. But when we talk, they don’t have any powers of attorney, they haven’t told their family what they want to happen when they pass away, and they don’t have a living will. Getting an estate plan is so much more than just a will. It is comprehensive disability and estate planning so that you and your family can have peace of mind.
Often people try to write their own wills if they think it is simple. Lawyers Love Online Wills (check out the blog at that link) because it ensures that the family has to spend a lot more money to fix the mistakes later. We have helped many families where their loved one just needed a “simple will” and did it themselves. We ended up fighting in court, and the loved ones’ wishes were not able to be followed. Meggin even had a case where a state judge wrote his own will and still managed to mess it up.
Estate Planning is so much more than just a will. I once heard a lawyer say “you can only die once, but you can be incapacitated for years.” Disability planning is an essential part of a quality estate plan. You need to plan for who will take care of your medical and financial decisions when you are not able to do so. Do you have the following things?
- Coordinated planning of your account beneficiaries?
- Someone who can legally talk to your medical team and make decisions?
- Someone who is legally able to pay your bills?
- Instructions when you are at the end of life?
- A simple way for your family to know how to pay your bills?
- Instructions on how to care for your pets?
- Someone to legally handle your online accounts?
- Someone your loved ones can call with questions?
We want to give you peace of mind and make life easier for you and your family. Every estate plan at the Rutherford Law Center includes the following for each person:
- Personalized attention and meetings to ensure your wishes are followed
- Will (including a contingent trust if you have children)
- Memorandum of Disposition of Property
- Living Will
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Financial Power of Attorney
- Medical Directives
- Disposition of My Remains Directives
- Information for My Family (easy resource about who to contact, what bills to pay, etc)
- Guardianship Designation (if you have minor children)
- Temporary Guardianship Designation (if you have minor children)
- Extensive FAQs and instructions for how to handle the most common situations.
- Brochures about the rules of powers of attorney and personal representatives.
- Ongoing telephone support from the attorneys at the Rutherford Law Center for questions about the documents.
- Online storage of a copy of all of your documents in case you misplace yours.
Call us at 303-431-0415 to get your no-cost, no-obligation phone conference with an attorney and intake forms to complete.