Ventura Estate Planning Attorneys
Need to Establish or Revise a Will? Our Firm Can Help!
If something were to happen to you today, are you confident your family would be taken care of tomorrow? While none of us like to dwell on such thoughts, it is extremely important that you be prepared for the “what if” scenarios for the benefit of both yourself and your loved ones. Regardless of your age or number of assets, an estate plan is a necessary form of protection that every adult should have in case the unthinkable should happen.
At Haffner Law Group, we believe in putting our clients first, and that means taking care of their families as well. Since 1997, we have been providing Ventura with legal advice and guidance in a variety of areas, including personal injury and insurance defense. We offer compassionate support to our clients when they need it, along with honest direction and prompt communication.
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Estate Planning Documents
There are a variety of different documents that can be used in an estate plan depending on the needs and wishes of each individual or couple. More than just a will, estate plans can guide your loved ones in every aspect of care and aftercare when you are no longer able to direct them yourselves. From directives about your finances to health care preferences, an estate plan should leave no stone unturned. Most importantly, estate planning documents can provide for your family after you are no longer able to.
The key documents in an estate plan typically include:
- Will: A will designates who will inherit your property, possessions, and funds upon your death. You may use a will to provide specific belongings to a variety of family members and close friends, or you may choose to leave everything to one person. Wills can also be used to make donations to charities and to appoint legal guardians for children under the age of 18.
- Power of Attorney: A power of attorney can be used to redirect authority of your finances to another person in the event that you are otherwise unable to do so. This person is usually a spouse, an adult child, of other trusted relative. If, for example, a person falls into a coma, their power of attorney can pay bills and make necessary payments in your stead. It is also possible, and advisable, to create a medical power of attorney to designate someone you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf when necessary.
- Advanced Healthcare Directive: In order to make your wishes regarding your health care clear, you can create an advanced healthcare directive. This document will outline your exact wishes in regards to care, such as whether or not you wish to be maintained on life support, which doctors you wish to see, and so on.
- Trusts: Similarly to wills, trusts can also be used to divide property and assets, though the contents of a trust must first go through a trustee, who manages the property before the beneficiary, or recipient of the trust, is able. Beneficiaries typically gain control of their trust when they hit a certain age, though other stipulations may apply. Unlike a will, trusts can take effect even before the creator has passed away.
We understand how complicated and stressful making an estate plan can be, which is why our legal team will guide you through every step of the process.
To get started, contact Haffner Law Group and speak with one of our estate planning attorneys today.