Writing your will is the one legal move we are all told we should take. Jeffrey W. Burzawa Attorney at Law is here to help you get it done.
If you do not make a will before you die, you are leaving it up to the state to determine the distribution of your property, the care of your children, and more. Do not let that happen.
Make Your Wishes Clear With a Proper Document
I'll help you make a clear statement regarding your preferences for the handling of your estate after your death. Properly drawn up, your document will serve several functions.
Ease the transition for survivors
Transfer property efficiently
Avoid tax burdens
With my help, you can indicate who will and who won't receive specific property, offer clear directions regarding the care of your minor children, make charitable gifts, and even disinherit legal or expected heirs.
Know What Your Will Can and Cannot Achieve
It is important to know that a will does not supersede some other documents, such as the beneficiaries listed on your bank account or retirement account. With my experienced help, we can ensure you create a legally binding will that addresses all aspects of your estate.
What you do not want to do is die intestate - without a will or with an invalid will. Then the state takes over and distributes your property according to specific statutes that may not match your own preferences.
Die without a will and the state also can determine the guardianship of your minor children. With a properly drawn up will, however, you can name a guardian and also provide financial support to help in getting your children raised.
Trusts Can Address Your Affairs Before You Die
Trusts are beginning to replace wills because wills are effective only upon your death. A trust, on the other hand, is effective as soon as it is fully signed.
Properly funded, your trust can perform many functions:
Provide for your incapacity
Avoid or minimize payment of your estate taxes
Manage your assets according to your wishes
I also can help you communicate your wishes regarding end-of-life decisions and financial decisions in the event you become unable to manage your own affairs.
Let us get started on your future now. Call me today at 724-837-0357 and schedule an appointment. You'll deal with me personally every time.