Although few people look forward to planning for what will happen in the event of their death or incapacity, it is necessary in order to ensure that your family is well taken care of after your passing. A will is a critical document that specifies how your assets, including your wealth and your belongings, will be distributed upon your death. Without a will, the state will decide how your property and assets are distributed, which may or may not be the way you would like things to be handled. You’ve worked hard for your assets, and you have the right to decide how and when they will be distributed amongst your loved ones. Estate planning is a process that can help you make your wishes known and legally recognized, so you can be confident that they will be honored after your death.
- Committed intimate relationships; same sex relationships
Couples in committed intimate relationships and same sex relationships often face special challenges when it comes to inter-family relations; even if their relationship is a legal marriage or a registered domestic partnership, some family members won’t respect the relationship and will resist having people they view as “outsiders” making decisions for their loved ones. These issues need to be faced head-on when drafting wills, durable powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents.
When engaging in estate planning, it’s important not to forget your “fur babies” and pets. Pet-centric estate planning can resolve such issues as where your pet will live after your death, and how their care will be financed. Your best option may be a bequest in your will, or even a specially crafted pet trust.
Elizabeth Turner is an experienced estate planning lawyer, and has provided comprehensive estate planning services to Washington families for many years. She will use her expertise and resources to guide you step by step through the estate planning process in order to help you set up an estate plan that covers every possible scenario. Whether you need assistance in setting up a revocable trust, health care directive, power of attorney, or a will, Attorney Turner can help. By utilizing her expertise, you can be confident that your estate plan covers every aspect of your assets and that your loved ones will be able to know and follow your wishes. Consultations regarding estate planning and guardianship matters can be held in your home or at another location, such as a skilled nursing facility, on request.
Contact Elizabeth Turner today to learn more about how estate planning can help you meet your life goals, and to discuss your final wishes and needs. Attorney Turner will provide you and your family with caring, compassionate, and comprehensive legal services that will give you the assurance you need to know that your assets and your loved ones are completely protected.