Legal Guidance For Drafting Wills And Navigating Probate
One common mistake made by more than half of all adults in the U.S. is failing to create a comprehensive estate plan. Many fail to realize that wills and other estate planning instruments are not tools only for the wealthy. If you have any amount of assets and if you have minor children, it is imperative that you draft, at the very least, a will and powers of attorney documents.
A comprehensive will makes clear your wishes for how you want your assets distributed in the event of your death. It also includes financial and health care powers of attorney, which provide a person or persons you trust to make decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated and unable to do so. This includes increasingly important instructions for end-of-life care. Many people have definite opinions on what steps they wish to be taken or not taken in order to keep them alive.
Help Drafting A Will Or Reviewing An Existing One
Attorney Leonard McDermott provides experienced guidance in creating comprehensive wills. He also reviews existing wills to make sure they reflect any changes in a person’s life since the will was drafted. It is important to ensure the changes that occur in life — divorce, death of a spouse, births, children getting married, etc. — are reflected in your will.
Properly Executing A Will Can Be Challenging
The firm also assists executors in probate, which is the process of gathering a decedent’s assets, paying all creditors and distributing the remaining assets according to directions left in a will or the Connecticut laws of intestacy if there was no will.
If a decedent’s estate was sizable, the probate process can be complex. It is important to enlist the help of an attorney who can protect your interests and liability as the executor. I help pay creditors, sort through tax issues, administer trusts and avoid any errors that could result in litigation.
Alternatively, if you are a beneficiary and you believe you have not been treated fairly in the execution of a will, our firm can represent you in a will dispute.