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Wills and Estate Planning

When dealing with estate planning, the main thing to keep in mind is that “a stitch in time saves nine.” In other words, clients can often avoid many expensive and unsavory legal actions down the road if they consult with an estate planning attorney and make preparations in advance. Issues like life insurance, accounts with payable-on-death benefits, joint account holders, joint title holders (and the manner in which they hold joint title) can either facilitate or frustrate an estate plan and the intentions of the person making the plan. A proper and thorough consultation with one of our trained and experienced attorneys can help.

Guardianships and Conservatorships for the Mentally or Physically Challenged

Average life expectancy is on the rise and families are increasingly facing not only issues about estate planning, but issues concerning mental and physical incompetence of their elder loved ones, particularly with increased prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Sometimes, a simple Power of Attorney can meet a family’s needs. Other times, a court appointed guardian or conservator may be necessary. Our attorneys understand that it can be emotionally painful to deal with a loved one who suffers from any form of incompetence or disability, especially when they do not have the capacity to understand their own limitations. Our attorneys can help fashion a solution within the framework of the law to the day to day family challenges presented, with a focus on maximizing quality of life and minimizing the emotional strain placed on a family facing these issues.