Estate Planning Attorneys in Hays County
Helping Our Clients Protect Their Assets
A Last Will & Testament is a legally valid document detailing how you would like assets handled after you die. The Law Office of Milena Christopher, we can help you create an estate plan to ensure all of your wishes are respected and properly executed in the future.
Other documents that are important for your estate planning needs include, among others:
- A Statutory Durable Power of Attorney (to protect your financial assets in the event of incapacity or disability);
- A Medical Power of Attorney so that you can name who you would like to be in control of your medical needs should you be unable to make decisions on your own;
- A Living Will (AKA an Advanced Directive to Physicians) providing instructions as to how you want doctors to handle your care, should your illness becomes irreversible or terminal, making it easier for your loved ones so that they do not have to make that decision.
To get started, call us at (512) 858-8253! We accept cases throughout Hays County, Blanco County, Travis County, and the surrounding Central Texas areas.
Types of Estate Plan
A will establishes how your property will be handled after you die and who will act as the temporary and permanent legal guardians of any minor children in your absence. It can also make payment arrangements for any debts you may have. Likewise your will can detail how your remains are to be treated and how your digital assets, like your FaceBook page, are to be handled after your death. Creating a will can help reduce the stress and conflict that could arise among your loved ones after you pass, as there will be no question or argument as to how matters concerning your estate, assets, etc. should be handled. For example, a thorough will makes it nearly impossible for family members to fight over which heirlooms they should have, as you can clearly state which beneficiaries will receive each of these items within your will.
Like a will, a trust establishes how you would like property distributed after you die. However, in a trust, you can also distribute this property before you die. For example, you can open a trust on behalf of your nephew and create a stipulation not to distribute the contents until he reaches a certain age. Additionally, assets in a trust never go through a probate process (unlike the assets in a will).
Powers of Attorney
Powers of attorney enable you to give another person the right to act on your behalf should you become incapacitated. You can revoke this power at any time and it expires when you pass away. A legal document of this type can be as narrow or broad as you like. For example, you can create a Power of Attorney to allow someone to sell a car for you and nothing else, or, on the other hand, you can give someone the power to handle all your business and financial affairs. . You can also designate someone to act on your behalf as a Medical Power of Attorney, who will only make medical-related decisions for you if you are incapacitated and unable to make your own decisions.
Living Will or Advanced Directive to Physicians
Designation of Guardian
We Offer Compassionate Legal Counsel
The Law Office of Milena Christopher will work with you to ensure instructions for your rights and assets are outlined clearly. We care about our clients and will help you arrange a legally sound estate plan.