Vents Magazine’s recent article, “Understanding What an Estate Planning Attorney Does,” explains that estate planning is a legal set of instructions for your family about how to distribute your wealth and property after you die. Estate planning attorneys make sure the distribution of property happens according to the decedent’s will. Some estate planning attorneys look beyond the distribution of wealth and property after death, and instead take the role as your Family Protection Planning attorneys. These types of attorneys see that you are more than just your assets. They focus on putting things in place to protect you and your family during life, planning for possible illness, disability or incapacitation, preventing family fights and taking every step possible to protect the most important thing in your life … Your Family!!
An estate planning attorney can provide legal advice on how to prepare your documents for what will happen after you pass away or in the event that you experience mental incapacity. She will have all the information and education on all the legal processes, beginning with your will and moving on to other important estate planning documents. He will also help you to understand trusts and estate or other taxes.
An estate planning attorney will also help to make certain that all of your savings and property are safe and distributed through the proper legal processes.
Estate planning attorneys can also assist with the power of attorney and health care directives. These documents allow you to designate an individual to decide issues on your behalf, in the event that you become mentally incapable of making decisions for yourself. They can also help you with a guardian who will look after your estate.
It’s important that you select the right estate planning attorney to execute the legal process, as you’ve instructed in your estate plan. You should only retain an attorney with experience in this field of law because other legal counsel won’t be able to help you with these issues—or at least, they may say they can, only to find out later that they’re not experienced in this area.
You also want to feel comfortable with your estate planning attorney because you must disclose all your life details, plans and estate issues, so she can create an estate plan that’s customized to your circumstances.
Reference: Vents Magazine (December 12, 2019) “Understanding What an Estate Planning Attorney Does”