Unfortunately, as we get older and older, the chances of us passing away seem to get higher and higher. No one likes to think about his or her own death, but when you have assets that need to be protected, you must do so. If you put off planning your estate for too long, then there is a good chance that your assets will not be given out in the way that you want them to. In order to make sure that the people you love most get the assets that you wish to give to them, you must develop an estate plan with an elder law or estate planning attorney who knows what he is doing.
No matter how small your estate is or how few assets you have to give away, it is extremely important to have an estate planning lawyer walk you through the process. Elder law attorneys can ensure that all pieces of your property go to the people who you want them to rather than to the state or less-desirable people. A lawyer can also ensure that as much of your money as possible goes to the people you love rather than to the government through taxes, court fees, and anything else. In addition to saving you money and making sure your money goes to the right people, a lawyer can also make everything easier for when you pass away.
If everything is laid out correctly in your estate plan, then your family and other loved ones will not need to spend a ton of time trying to figure everything out. Instead of wasting their time on this silly information, they can spend their time mourning and remembering you and your life.
While an attorney will be able to help you with the legal terms and paperwork, your lawyer will not be able to make the hard decisions for you. These decisions include who to give your power of attorney to and who will be getting your money and other assets. Deciding on power of attorney is not necessarily important in case of your death, but it is necessary in case you are left mentally disabled and are, therefore, unable to make your own decisions. Determining where (or who) your assets will go to, however, is important for when you pass away. This is a difficult decision to make because everyone cannot have everything, but it is indeed your decision.