A good estate plan carries out your wishes for end-of-life matters and specifies how your assets are to be distributed. Perhaps even more importantly, it eases your loved ones’ financial and emotional burdens after your death or incapacitation.
An experienced estate planning attorney can help develop a plan that meets these objectives. The Law Office of Jessica Swann Rymer can help you with the following elements of an estate plan:
Wills and Trusts:
Both these important documents specify how your assets will be distributed after your death, but they offer different benefits. Whether you need help drafting a will that expresses your last wishes or assistance establishing a trust that allows your beneficiaries to avoid probate, we can help you understand your options and decide which instruments are best for you and your family. We also represent trustees and beneficiaries in estate and trust matters.
In Texas, living wills are also known as directives to physicians and family or surrogates. We help you take steps to ensure medical decisions are made according to your wishes so your loved ones don’t have to make those difficult decisions for you. Living wills direct medical treatment if you become incapacitated.
Powers of Attorney:
A power of attorney designates a trusted person to act on your behalf, to handle your personal and financial affairs if you are unable to do so. We can help you draft a document that not only protects your finances but also gives you peace of mind, knowing your affairs will be handled according to your wishes.
Elder Law / Long-Term Care Planning:
We believe that hard-working people should not have to be forced into poverty in their older years because of the cost of long-term care and specialize in unique legal matters involving senior citizens. Elder Law can involve drafting wills, durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, Medicaid asset protection trusts, special needs trusts, testamentary and living trusts.
Most executors have never probated a will, and some are surprised to learn the decedent’s will named them as the responsible party. We provide indispensable services to executors who have no prior experience in probate court and assist in developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously settling the estate.
It is also possible to avoid probate with proper planning—with some exceptions. For example, your loved one may have died intestate, or without a will. We know this is a difficult time for many people and are proud to provide compassionate guidance through this process when most needed.
If you are uncertain about which of these options are right for you, we offer a free initial consultation.