Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Do I Need Estate Planning?

Growing older can be challenging. Our experienced attorneys offer a compassionate and personalized approach to help you plan for the future. At our firm we compassionately serve our clients in the toughest of times. We believe in careful planning and proactive solutions to help our clients overcome the challenges and issues associated with getting older. We understand that many people are reluctant to meet with an elder law or estate planning attorney because thinking about their own mortality can be uncomfortable. However, a well-drafted estate plan can bring peace of mind to both the elderly person and their loved ones.

Estate planning is your chance to shape the future for yourself, your loved ones and causes that are important to you. It allows you to make choices about your future placement and care, about how your assets will be managed if you can’t manage them yourself, and allows you to determine how your loved ones and preferred charities will be provided for after your death.

Estate planning encompasses much more than just a last will and testament. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to consider multiple documents to ensure your wishes are carried out should you become sick or disabled or pass away. Our attorneys can address the following issues with you as they pertain to your circumstances and needs:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Living wills (healthcare directives)
  • Powers of attorney
  • Special needs planning
  • Pet Planning
  • Asset protection
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Veterans Benefits Planning
  • Gifting
  • Probate and trust administration

Often clients come to us with challenging legal problems that could have been minimized if careful estate planning (including at a minimum a durable power of attorney, designation of a health care surrogate, and a last will and testament) had been put in place years before. Don’t wait until it is too late. Let the experienced, compassionate attorneys at Stokes Law Firm help you draft an estate plan tailored to your unique situation.