Caring For Your Family After You Pass
What’s more important than our families? They provide the support and backdrop for our lives. From holiday gatherings and high school graduations to heartfelt talks and long, deep hugs, we rely on them to get us through. Without them life would be just plain hard.
One of the ways we can show our families just how much we love them is to create an estate plan. Whether you are single and young or older and married, your family should not have to bear the burden of making all your end-of-life choices — whether about burial choices or assets distribution, the kindest and most caring thing you can do for them is prepare all the documents that will enable them to quickly and efficiently attend to your wishes after you pass.
You Can’t Plan it, But You Can Plan For It
Our law office can help you prepare all the documents you need, giving you a complete and thorough estate plan that covers all areas when you pass. Our lawyers have experience in the following areas:
- Wills: A straightforward document that details how and when you would like your assets distributed. This document can also name a guardian for your minor children, as well as document burial wishes. Recommended for those with few assets, but also serves as a foundation for a trust. Wills are subject to probate and are therefore public information.
- Trusts: A trust is used for those that have significant assets and more complicated estate planning issues. All property is held in the trust during your lifetime and upon your death, it is distributed by the trustee according to your wishes. A trust also allows your estate to avoid probate, thereby keeping your estate private.
- Health care directives: These are also commonly referred to as “living wills”. In this document, you appoint someone to make medical decisions for you in the event that you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself. A health care directive can also list your wishes regarding whether or not you want certain life-saving measures.
- Power of attorney: This document allows you to appoint someone to act in your place for decisions regarding finances, investments, etc. It can be designed to take effect whether or not you are incapacitated. Essentially, it allows someone to stand in your place for decisions you would normally make. It is only valid while you are alive. Once you pass, your will/trust takes over.
Caring, Thoughtful, Attentive
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the Law Offices of Rebecca Martin offers comprehensive, detailed-oriented legal counsel. Our warm and caring staff offers caring, thoughtful and attentive representation for you both now and in the future. We offer free consultations. Please call us at 816-945-8759.