Estate Planning

Estate Planning: Protecting Your Legacy

Estate planning is a crucial process for anyone who wants to ensure their assets are distributed according to their wishes after they pass away. It also allows you to designate guardians for minor children and nominate someone to manage your financial affairs if you become incapacitated.

At Goodman Estate Law, we understand the importance of creating a personalized estate plan that reflects your unique circumstances and goals. We work closely with our clients to develop comprehensive plans that minimize taxes, protect assets, and ensure a smooth transition for your loved ones.

What Does Estate Planning Include?

Estate planning involves several essential documents and strategies:

Trusts: A Trust is a powerful tool for managing assets, outlining how you want your assets distributed after your death, and potentially reducing taxes. There are various types of trusts available, each serving a specific purpose, but nearly every estate plan should a revocable living trust. With a revocable living trust, you get to make the key decisions of your estate, and your family and loved ones can avoid the expensive and time-consuming probate process.
Last Will and Testament: Any well-drafted estate plan also includes a Will – sometimes called a “Pourover Will” – which acts as an additional safety net to protect against probate. A Pourover Will allows your family to transfer assets that might otherwise be subject to probate into your trust.
Power of Attorney: A Power of Attorney allows you to designate someone you trust to make financial decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so during your life.
Advance Healthcare Directive: This document specifies your wishes regarding medical treatment in case you are incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself.

Benefits of Estate Planning

Having a well-defined estate plan offers numerous advantages:

Peace of Mind: Knowing your wishes will be respected after you’re gone provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
Minimize Family Conflict: A clear estate plan reduces the risk of confusion and conflict among beneficiaries during an already difficult time.
Asset Protection: Estate planning strategies like trusts can safeguard your assets from creditors and minimize estate taxes.
Guardian Designation: You can designate guardians to care for your minor children and manage their inheritance.
Improved Care Decisions: An advance healthcare directive ensures your medical wishes are followed if you are unable to communicate them yourself.

We Can Help You Create a Personalized Estate Plan

At Goodman Estate Law, we are committed to providing our clients with comprehensive and personalized estate planning services. We will guide you through the process, explain your options in detail, and address any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss how we can help you create an estate plan that protects your legacy and your loved ones.

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Our Services

Estate Planning
Trust Administration

Goodman Estate Law provides a full range of Estate Planning Services Including:

Living Revocable Trusts
Trust Amendments and Restatements
Certifications of Trust
Living / Pourover Wills
Powers of Attorney
Advanced Health Care Directives
HIPAA Authorization Forms
Special Needs Trusts
Deeds and Real Estate Transfers
Trust and Document Review
Irrevocable Trusts and Estate Tax Planning
Tax Exempt Charitable Foundations