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June 17, 2024

Why a Will? 

Example 1:
     You don’t have a Will, you die and your family is left to deal with the consequences.  Your “Estate” owes taxes to the government, your grief stricken spouse is overwhelmed by the legal notices and paperwork in the mail everyday; your creditors are calling the house, and your kids are left wondering, “Why did you leave us with this mess?”

Example 2:
     Your single uncle died and you are the executor or administrator of his estate.  The only problem is you don’t know where his Will is; he kept everything in boxes, never threw anything out, and never told you where he kept his important papers.  You have a full-time job and a demanding family life.  What do you do?

Example 3:
    Your mother is nearing the end of her life.  She has been in the hospital on a respirator for the past three weeks.  The medical providers are asking about a Do Not Resuscitate Order, a Living Will, a Medical Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, HIPAA Releases, and Advanced Health Care Directives.  You are the oldest child so you take it upon yourself to confer with your mother’s doctors and start making her “end of life” decisions.  Your brothers and sisters are upset because the well intended decisions you are making for your mom are different than the decisions they would make.  You are being pressured by doctors to make medical decisions on behalf of your mother. Your sister is crying. What do you do?

    The stress and aggravation of these tough and emotionally charged decisions can be lessened by seeking the expert counsel of an experienced estate attorney.  By planning your estate now with an estate attorney and executing a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Advanced Health Care Directive and other necessary estate documents reflective of your wishes, you can save your loved ones time, money and a lot of heartache in the end.  Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, but it should not be made more difficult than it already is.  Our attorneys are here working for you trying to make your most difficult days easier.

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