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The Importance of an Estate Plan

Planning for the Future Through Wills, Trusts, and More

One of the most important things you can do in your life to protect yourself and your family is to create an effective estate plan. An estate plan is, in essence, a contingency plan that comprehensively addresses common issues your family will face upon your passing. To be most effective, an estate plan will ensure that the financial and legal needs of your loved ones will be addressed during this difficult time. Probate Attorney Lawyers - Quinn and Quinn

For example, your estate plan can address issues regarding the upbringing of your children. To help provide for young children, your estate plan can be constructed to allow your surviving spouse to devote more attention to your children without the burden of work obligations. In addition, your plan can provide resources for your spouse if you believe he or she would need help handling financial and legal matters. You should also discuss with your attorney the possibility of you and your spouse dying at the same time or within a short duration of time. In the event that should occur, an estate plan should name the person you would like to have manage your assets, called the “trustee,” as well as a guardian you would like to nominate to raise your children. Estate plans should also name the will executor, who is the person you would like to be responsible for carrying out the directives of your will.

As you can see, an estate plan is a crucial tool that addresses these uncertainties ahead of time and will provide you with the peace of mind knowing your loved ones will be taken care of after your passing.

The Components of an Estate Plan

More Than Just Wills and Trusts

While a will is the legal document the average individual thinks of when contemplating an estate plan, there are many other important aspects of estate planning that should considered when creating your plan. An effective estate plan that protects your interests during your lifetime as well as the interests of your family following your death may include any of the following legal documents:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Pour Over Wills
  • General and/or Specific Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Guardianships
Create Your Estate Plan

Customized Wills, Trusts, and More

Quinn & Quinn will help you make the best decisions for you and your family and then craft a customized estate plan that will fit your specific needs, drafting wills, trusts, living wills, and any other necessary documents. Please take the first step toward protecting your family's interests and call us for a free consultation regarding your estate plan.


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