When you’re planning for the future, there’s a lot to consider. A probate lawyer will help you make sure your affairs are in order so that your wishes can be honored by your family and other loved ones. In order to do this, there are three main documents that probate attorneys recommend you have in addition to a will. Here’s an overview from Trimnal & Myers Attorneys.

  1. Living will – Living wills, or advanced health directives, are documents that outline a person’s wishes for matters involving health care. A living will is designed to help your family make decisions in the event that you become incapacitated.
  2. Living trust – A living trust concerns your property. If you were to become incapacitated, a living trust would transfer the title and authority to your property to a designated person. However, you would remain the beneficiary of the estate. Living trusts also include a plan for distributing the trust’s assets so that they will be protected from probate.
  3. Power of attorney – Also known as a durable power of attorney, this document appoints someone to handle your finances should you become mentally or physically unable to do it yourself. If you don’t establish this in advance, the court would have the power to appoint someone to take on this role.

To learn more about these and other ways a probate lawyer can help your family, call Trimnal & Myers Attorneys at our Lancaster or Indian Land offices.