It Is Never Too Early to Plan Ahead | Plano Simple Will Attorney
It is understandable that many people put off their estate planning for as long as possible. After all, a will is an admission that death is inevitable. And who wants to admit that?
Nevertheless, estate planning is crucial to the outcome of your later years, and any legacy you wish to leave your loved ones. Death or disability can come as quickly as a car crash, and failing to plan ahead will leave both you and your family in difficult, if avoidable, circumstances.
At Criss Law Group, PLLC, in Dallas, Texas, we can help our clients create estate plans that give them control over their assets and health care decisions while they are alive and protect their financial legacies after they die.
Asset Protection Through Estate Planning | Dallas Estate Planning Attorney
With the assistance of our experienced Texas estate planning attorneys, drafting an effective estate plan is likely easier and less expensive than you think. The following are just a few of the estate planning services that we offer that are designed to protect your assets over time:
- Wills/simple wills. Wills allow you to control where your money, property and possessions will go after you die. We are experienced in drafting and enforcing wills and simple wills and seeing them through probate actions.
- Trusts. Establishing a trust allows you to protect assets, shrink estate taxes, and dedicate funds for specific purposes, such as your child’s education or your spouse’s nursing care. Depending on your situation, we can establish an irrevocable or revocable trust on your behalf.
- Durable powers of attorney. You can irrevocably appoint a representative to sign your legally binding documents, manage your assets or make financial decisions for your estate if you become too ill to manage your affairs. Further, you can choose a person to handle your children’s financial, educational, medical and other decisions if you die, are physically or mentally incapacitated, or are away from home for a period of time (such as for a military deployment).
- Health care directives/”living wills.” We can help you draft a health care directive that instructs health care workers concerning the type and amount of health care you want to receive if you are no longer able to make your own decisions. By creating a living will, we can help you set conditions for your medical care as you near life’s end.
- HIPAA releases. Our attorneys can give you control over who can or cannot access your medical records by working with you to set conditions for your Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) releases and authorizations.
- Probate. When it becomes time to settle your estate, our lawyers can advise your executor or personal representative in a probate proceeding. Likewise, we can advise your trustees on how to manage and administer trusts that you establish. You may also retain our attorneys for various estate-related functions, including executing your will, handling your probate action, making your estate inventory, filing your taxes, repaying you debts and distributing your money, property and other assets as specified in your will or trust.