Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys
Have you ever heard the saying; tomorrow is not promised? As cliche as it is, there’s actually so much truth packed into that statement. Although, we can’t prevent unforeseen occurrences, we can take necessary measures to plan for the unexpected.
We believe that everyone should have an estate plan. Such a plan ensures that your family needs and your financial goals are met after your death. An estate plan includes:
- Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- Medical Proxy
Everyone needs a will. A will is a legal declaration that ensures that your assess are distributed where you want them in the event of your death. A will also specifies how to settle remaining debts, pay funeral expenses and who will take care of your children. If you die without a will, you lose control over those critical issues.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a written authorization that authorizes a specified person to perform certain acts on your behalf. That person is allowed to make financial or business decisions in your best interests if you become incapacitated. Usually a family member or a trusted friend is given the power of attorney. A lawyer could also be given “power of attorney”.
A medical proxy is a document that appoints a specific person to make medical decisions in the best interests of the patient in the event that he or she becomes incompetent to make such decisions themselves. Medical proxies are essential because they ensure that your medical wishes are carried out if you become sick to the point where you are unable to speak up for yourself.
A living will is a legal document that lets your family and healthcare providers know what your desires are regarding medical treatment. The living will includes options for life prolonging medical treatment. A living will becomes effective when a person becomes permanently ill or in a vegetative state. Since living will laws vary in different states it’s important that you have an attorney to help create a living will.
An trust is a legal document that includes written instructions that specifies the rules regarding the property or assets being held in trust for the beneficiary.
Briones Law Group is a firm of experienced attorneys who are fully capable of helping you come up with an estate plan and trust. We have years of experience in creating and updating wills in order to come up with the best strategy for protecting assets, taking care of your family and avoiding probate. We serve all areas of Massachusetts so contact us today!.