Just thinking about estate planning makes most people uneasy, but it’s essential. Whether we think of ourselves as middle class, wealthy, or somewhere in between, we all know on some level that we need a legal plan, but often we don’t know where to start. You may be wondering whether you should just make a will with online tools or work with an experienced estate-planning attorney. Tacoma estate lawyer, Jerimy Kirschner, has seen how poorly cut-and-paste wills hold up when challenged in court and wants better things for your family. He uses his experience as a litigator working primarily in estate law to ask all of the pertinent questions and arrive at an estate plan that truly protects your family and legacy. Jerimy Kirschner can help with a variety of estate planning tools
- Wills – The simplest estate-planning tool, a will is a legally enforceable document stating how you want your affairs handled and assets distributed after you die. It goes into effect automatically when the person in question passes.
- Trusts – A trust is another method of estate transfer — a fiduciary relationship in which you give another party authority to handle your assets for the benefit of a third party, your beneficiaries, often your family. There are many types of trusts, but the bottom line is that a trust gives you added controls to help make sure your estate is distributed in a way that will bring the most benefit to your loved ones.
- Powers of attorney – A power of attorney is a legal document that allows a person to act on behalf of another in decisions related to property, finances, or medical care. These can become essential as we age and need more assistance with critical decisions.
Choosing the right estate planning attorney [link to About Us] is just as important as the decisions you make in your estate plans themselves. The right attorney will help you avoid hidden pitfalls and traps in the estate planning process. You should make sure that you use attorneys who understand how important your decisions are and can make sure that your wishes will be fulfilled. Our firm exists to elevate estate planning in a few key ways.
Estate planning that provides comfort
It may not be comfortable to think about what happens after you pass, but quality estate planning will provide comfort and guidance to your loved ones during times of great distress. We will help you think through and create a thorough plan tailored to you and your loved one’s needs. Without proper estate planning, loved ones are often left guessing about your final wishes and — in worst-case scenarios — second-guessing one another’s motives. This can lead to needless conflict with other family members and friends. Our goal is always to help you give your loved ones some measure of peace in your passing.
Estate planning that gives you control
Estate planning also gives you the control to decide what you want done with your assets and prevents battles between your loved ones over property, such as family heirlooms. Proper planning also prevents a loved one’s creditors from seizing your gifts to them. Completing your estate planning ensures that only the people you choose will receive the benefit of your life of hard work. Your loved ones deserve all the comfort and protection you can provide.
Jerimy Kirschner & Associates is a Tacoma estate planning law firm committed to providing exemplary client care so that your family always knows how much you care.