Many people live under the misconception that only wealthy families with extensive assets need to consider writing a will or establishing a living trust, and that their verbally expressed wishes will be sufficient to distribute their estate after they are gone. This mistake can lead to considerable stress and friction between the family members you leave behind as the courts divide and distribute your estate. The Law Office of Peter A. McInish in Dothan explains how anyone can benefit from professional estate planning.
Estate planning services from an experienced attorney will help you:
- Ensure Your Wishes Are Respected: When you die without a will, the courts distribute your assets according to a formula which does not take into account either your wishes or your actual relationships among family members. When this happens, your most valuable possessions may not go to the person you would have chosen to receive them.
- Choose Someone To Represent You: In the event you're unable to make decisions for yourself, whether you're incapacitated or on life support, a living will and durable powers of attorney will ensure your wishes are respected and a person you trust is managing your affairs for you.
- Name A Guardian For Your Children: You may think that your closest family member will automatically get custody of your children if something were to happen to you, but often the courts will have to decide. The best way to ensure the person you would prefer gets custody of your children is to name them as a guardian in your living will.
In addition to comprehensive estate planning services, The Law Office of Peter A. McInish in Dothan offers legal services in a broad range of practice areas, from family law to real estate. Visit their website to learn more, or call (334) 671-2555 to schedule a consultation today.