Know that your wishes are fully documented by working with an estate planning lawyer.
Here at Bennett Guthrie PLLC, we recommend that adults of all ages take a moment each year to consider if they have appropriate estate planning documents in order and if there have been any changes that would necessitate updating existing documents. It is one of the most loving and caring things you can do for your family, so they’ll have a clear picture of your intentions at a time when added confusion and stress would not be helpful. By meeting with an estate planning lawyer, you can learn what documents should be completed and get them prepared in a way that complies with your wishes.
You do not necessarily need to complete all your documents at once. They can be done one at a time at your convenience and stored for safe keeping. An estate planning lawyer from our firm can discuss which are the most critical to begin with for your situation. The goal is to eventually leave no loose ends when it comes to your powers of attorney, estate distribution decisions, and medical directives.
Failure to work with an estate planning lawyer can leave your family in the position of facing court-appointed estate distribution, which might not be in their best interests or reflect what your actual wishes were. Telling a family member what you want is not enough to circumvent this process. There must be accurately prepared documents involved that the court can follow.
If you are lacking the documents you need or you need to make changes to ones you have had drawn up with us or another estate planning lawyer, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We have been serving the Greensboro, North Carolina area with legal services since 1985 and are confident our estate planning services will give you peace of mind that your wishes will be documented properly and followed.