Drafting Maryland Wills And Executing Powers Of Attorney
Your future and your family are important to you. It is never too early to plan for the unexpected. While most people associate estate planning and wills with old age or illness, it can be a good idea for any individual with dependents, regardless of age, to plan now.
I am Maryland family law attorney Tracy Miller. Part of what I do is ensure that my clients have the protections in place to protect themselves and their families should the unthinkable happen. Having a plan can create a calmer state of mind. It can also relieve your loved ones of having the onerous task of making decisions while grieving or in a place of worry. Additionally, during a divorce, you may wish to create or update these documents to ensure your wishes are clear.
The Personal Assistance You Need When Planning For The Future
I have substantial experience providing my clients with the trusted legal counsel that they deserve. I can assist you with drafting solid legal documents that provide you with peace of mind. Specifically, I help clients with:
- Last will and testament (will): This lets your family members know what your intentions are for your assets; “who gets what,” yes, but a will is also an accounting of your assets. A will can include instructions as to whom should raise your children and how you would like your children raised (education, religion, goals) in the event that neither parent is able to care for them.
- Power of attorney and health care proxy: A power of attorney is a legal document granting one person the right to act on behalf of another in certain situations, such as when he or she becomes incapacitated.
- Naming beneficiaries: There are many accounts that require that a beneficiary be named in order to avoid Maryland probate. I can go over all of your accounts with you and ensure this is complete.
- Executor and personal representative roles: It can be an overwhelming task to meet deadlines and complete all of the required steps. I can assist with these tasks. I am also able to act as a personal representative or guardian in cases where this is prudent.
The laws and regulations on the state and federal levels can make it difficult for a nonlawyer to draft or execute a sound estate plan. While it may be possible to complete elements of estate planning alone, it is not recommended. When you work with me, I will get to know you, your situation, your family and your investments and then develop a personalized approach that aligns with your situation and goals.
Working with an experienced Maryland estate planning attorney can help ensure that your rights, property, and assets are protected and that your family does not have a difficult probate process. If you are looking to complete a will, or if you have been named a beneficiary or executor, contact me right away.