Will Your Family Be Protected When You Are No Longer Around?

A thoughtful estate plan is one of the best gifts you can give to your family, and it is never too early to start planning. One of the biggest reasons most people delay getting their estate plans in order is to avoid thinking about what will happen when they are gone. However, not planning can mean your family will have the burden of making decisions for you. This can lead to stressful family disputes.

At Blevins Law, LLC, I will work with you to determine what tools will help you reach your financial, health, and personal goals, both before and after you pass away. Call my firm in Riverdale at 301-508-9623 to schedule an appointment to discuss your estate planning needs today.

Why Should I Have An Estate Plan?

Estate planning refers to several different legal documents you can use to protect, organize, and distribute money and property; provide guidance to others regarding your medical care if you are too sick to do so; designate others to handle your affairs when you are unable to; and provide care for children or other dependents. While every person's estate planning needs will vary, some of the common documents include a Last Will and Testament, Advance Medical Directive, and financial Power of Attorney.

I Do Not Own My House, Do I Still Need A Will?

By far the most widely known tool in estate planning is the Last Will and Testament. Your will is where you will designate who will handle your estate, and who will receive your property, including your personal property. More important to many families, however, your will is also where you will designate who will raise your children after you are gone.

There are many tools an experienced estate planning attorney can utilize to ensure that you can provide for the family you leave behind. Though not all tools are right for every person, every person should have a Last Will and Testament, and update it regularly.

Understanding An Advance Medical Directive

An Advance Medical Directive is a two-part document that designates someone to make medical decisions on your behalf — your agent — and provides your agent with guidance regarding what medical care you want to receive. You have probably heard this document referred to as a durable Power of Attorney for health care, living will, or medical Power of Attorney.

Though an advance directive is important in your last days of life, it is also critical if you are ever in an accident and temporarily unable to make your own medical decisions. By completing an Advance Medical Directive, you take control of your health and minimize the stress on your loved ones caused by such difficult times. Estate planning is not only about your finances, after all.

What Is A Financial Power Of Attorney Used For?

Just as you need to plan for your medical care should you become incapacitated, you should also designate a person to handle your finances. By designating a Power of Attorney to handle your financial affairs, you can ensure that your business and family are financially provided for, even if you cannot do so.

Call 301-508-9623 To Schedule Your Estate Planning Appointment

I understand discussing estate planning is often a conversation no one wants to have. However, it is important to protect your family and your assets with tools that will ensure your wishes are followed. As your estate planning lawyer, I can help you make informed decisions so your family does not have that burden. If your loved one is disabled or receiving government disability benefits, I can also help you plan for their future with a special needs trust. Reach out to me online using my convenient form. I serve clients throughout Prince George's County, Montgomery County and Howard County in Maryland.