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How can I ensure that my wishes are carried out after my death?

Proper estate planning is crucial to ensuring that your wishes are carried out after your death. At Heritage Law Office, our experienced estate planning attorney can help you create a comprehensive plan to protect your assets and secure your family's future. Contact us either online or at 414-253-8500 to schedule a free consultation today.

The Importance of Estate Planning

Estate planning is essential to protect your assets, minimize taxes, and ensure the smooth transfer of your wealth to your loved ones. By working with an experienced attorney, you can create a customized plan that reflects your unique circumstances and desires.

The Role of a Will

A will is a vital component of your estate plan that outlines your wishes for the distribution of your assets. It also allows you to name a guardian for your minor children and appoint an executor to manage your estate. Creating a legally valid will can help you avoid intestacy laws, which dictate how your assets will be divided if you pass away without a will in place.

Trusts: A Powerful Tool for Estate Planning

Trusts are legal arrangements that allow you to hold assets for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. There are many types of trusts, each with its unique advantages and purposes.

Revocable Living Trusts

A revocable living trust is an estate planning tool that can help you avoid probate, maintain privacy, and plan for incapacity. You can change or terminate a revocable living trust during your lifetime, giving you flexibility and control over your assets.

Irrevocable Trusts

An irrevocable trust cannot be changed or terminated once it is created. These trusts can provide significant tax benefits and asset protection. They can also be used for charitable giving, special needs planning, and life insurance planning.

Power of Attorney: Granting Authority

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to designate someone to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. There are two main types:

Financial Power of Attorney

A financial power of attorney grants your chosen representative the authority to manage your financial affairs, such as paying bills, managing investments, and filing taxes.

Healthcare Power of Attorney

A healthcare power of attorney empowers your chosen representative to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

Advance Directives: Expressing Your Medical Wishes

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to specify your medical treatment preferences in case you cannot communicate them yourself.

Living Will

A living will outlines your preferences regarding end-of-life care, such as resuscitation, life support, and pain management.

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order

A DNR order is a medical order that instructs healthcare professionals not to perform CPR or other life-sustaining measures in case your heart or breathing stops.

Beneficiary Designations: Directing Your Assets

Properly designating beneficiaries for your life insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other assets is a crucial part of estate planning. Ensuring that your beneficiary designations are up-to-date and accurately reflect your wishes can help avoid disputes and simplify the transfer of assets after your death.

Estate Tax Planning: Minimizing the Tax Burden

Estate tax planning is an essential aspect of estate planning that can help minimize the tax burden on your estate and your beneficiaries. Strategies may include gifting, charitable giving, and establishing trusts.

Contact an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

To ensure your wishes are carried out after your death, it's crucial to work with a knowledgeable estate planning attorney. At Heritage Law Office, our experienced attorney can help you develop a comprehensive estate plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. We can guide you through the process of creating a will, establishing trusts, designating powers of attorney, and drafting advance directives. By addressing tax planning and beneficiary designations, we can help you protect your assets and provide for your loved ones.

Contact Us Today

For a comprehensive plan that will meet your needs or the needs of a loved one, contact us today. Located in Downtown Milwaukee, we proudly provide legal advice to those in Milwaukee County and surrounding communities.

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757 N. Broadway, Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Minneapolis, MN 55104
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