When it comes to wills, trusts and other estate planning needs, the process can be complicated. While there are many websites offering “do-it-yourself” estate planning, it’s not necessarily the best way to approach protecting your assets. Having an estate attorney that has years of experience handling the most complicated cases can help make the process go smoother. Here are some reasons to consider an estate attorney.
1. Avoid Probate
Probate can be an extremely stressful, complicated and time-consuming process. Probate is the legal process in which the personal affairs of a deceased person are settled. By having an estate attorney help you construct a will, you may be able to avoid probate. While probate may be necessary in some cases, having a will in place can help to alleviate complications that often arise without one.
2. Create a Healthcare Proxy
If you become gravely ill or injured and can’t make decisions on your own, having a healthcare proxy in place can give you and your loved ones peace of mind knowing that your wishes on how you want to be cared for will be carried out. Your healthcare proxy will detail the following:
- Medical preferences
- Who is permitted to access your medical records
- Power of attorney
3. Steer Clear of Mistakes
Taking on estate planning without consulting an attorney leaves too much room for error. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
- Don’t procrastinate.
Make an appointment with an estate planning attorney today. Procrastination will lead to a stressful situation if you have to get a plan in order at the last minute.
- Don’t forget to update your documents.
If you already have an estate plan in place, that’s good news. However, life situations can change. Whether you have a beneficiary change or new address, it’s important to review it every so often.
Estate planning can give you and your loved ones peace of mind in protecting your assets. Whether you need a will, want to avoid probate, or have concerns about elder estate planning, our team of highly experienced estate attorneys can help you with all your estate planning needs. Contact Auten & Willingham, P.C. today at (214) 643-8757 to get started today.