Estate Planning Tailored to Your Needs
Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. Anyone who is concerned about protecting his or her assets and loved ones in case of death or incapacity should have a comprehensive estate plan.
Katherine E. Macdonald has helped families throughout north central Florida achieve their estate planning goals since 1983. From her office in Gainesville, she will work closely with you to understand your needs and objectives and recommend an estate planning solution to help you meet them.
Your estate plan may include a:
A will establishes your final wishes in regard to your property. It can also help establish the guardianship of minor children and funeral arrangements. Even if most of your assets are in a trust, it is still recommended that you have a will to catch any stray assets that may come to light following your death.
Your will may also contain a testamentaries trust, which can be used to leave assets to your children, grandchildren, or beneficiary while establishing guidelines as to when and how the assets can be distributed.
There are several different types of trusts, each designed to help you meet different estate planning goals. Living trusts, irrevocable trusts, revocable trusts and Medicaid trusts are just a few of the many trusts you have to select from. She will discuss your needs and recommend the trust that is best for your unique situation.
Living Will & Designation of Health Surrogate
Should you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions on your own, a living will expresses your wishes regarding medical care and end-of-life procedures. A designation of health care surrogate is often used in conjunction with a living will. This document designates a person who will make medical decisions or provide consent should you become incapacitated.
Durable Power of Attorney
A durable power of attorney designates a person to manage your financial affairs if you are unable to do so by yourself. This person will have the authority to pay your bills, sell your assets and perform other duties on your behalf.
Contact a Skilled Alachua County Will and Trust Attorney
Creating an estate plan can give you the peace of mind that your wishes will be upheld in the face of death or incapacitaty. To discuss your needs with an experienced lawyer, contact the firm online or call 352-373-6323.
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