Estate Planning

Estate Planning Attorney in Clarks Summit

Safeguarding Your Family’s Future

If you wish to provide your family with a secure future, the best time to start preparing is now. While many people associate the concept of estate and will planning with older adults, the reality is that anyone can begin the process. Life is short and change happens, meaning that you or your loved ones can become incapacitated or die at any time.

Though this is an unfortunate reality, having a plan in place can put your mind at ease knowing that you have control over your life, even when you’re no longer able to make decisions for yourself or your family.

At Vazquez Injury Law Group, our Clarks Summit estate planning attorney has years of experience serving local families and can help you with whatever estate issue you’re facing, whether you need to revise your will or learn about appointing a trustee. What happens in your life matters to us, too.

Make your estate planning process efficient and easy by calling us for a consultation today at 570-586-5157 or contact us online. We’re happy to discuss your unique situation and the type of plan that can fit your needs.

Elements of an Estate Plan

Getting started on estate planning may be uncomfortable at first, especially because people don’t want to think about death or what will happen afterward.

However, this process is critical if you have property or assets you want to leave behind to your loved ones. When you have a solid, attorney-approved plan in place, the distribution of your assets will be carried out according to your wishes.

Elements of an estate plan that our team can help you with include:

  • Last will and testament: A will outlines a person’s wishes for the distribution of their assets at their passing. If you don’t have a will that names the people you’d like to leave something to, your assets will follow what is known as probate, which involves the state ultimately determining how your assets are divided. It’s recommended to write or amend your will after life changes like marriage, divorce, and having children. Our attorney can walk you through the process of drafting your will and can also revise it if it already exists.
  • Healthcare power of attorney: In the event that you’re no longer able to make decisions regarding your medical needs, if you have a healthcare power of attorney (HPOA), whoever you designate can take over. An HPOA is a signed legal document that names one person who can make decisions about any medical intervention or life support that you may or may not want.
  • Financial power of attorney: Similar to the healthcare power of attorney, a financial power of attorney determines a person who can make financial decisions on your behalf if you’re incapacitated. These financial decisions include paying bills, making investments, and other important matters.
  • Establishing a trust: If you have children or a sizeable insurance policy or estate, it may be worth establishing a trust, which is a legal entity that can own your assets while living or at death. A trust can protect your assets and dictate things like how you’d like to have your assets distributed to your children as you age.

Through our years of service, we’ve seen how often problems can arise when individuals fail to form estate plans. By having a plan in place, you can ensure that your assets are distributed and your wishes are carried out in the manner you want.

Call Us for a Personally Tailored Plan That Fits Your Needs

Our team recognizes that every person’s living situation is unique, which is why we strive to provide every client with the personalized attention they deserve. Putting your mind at ease and carving a solid future for your family is important to us.

A major benefit of working with a small firm is that we can meet with you face-to-face and have the flexibility to be available to work with you and address your concerns at any time of day – even on weekends.