When you think of estate planning, a will is likely the first thing you think about. In truth, a will, though a crucial cog in the machine, is only a small part of an integrated estate plan that is designed to ensure that your family stays out of court and conflict when something happens to you.
You might think that you can write a will yourself and through it completely protect your family. However, doing so would likely create far more trouble for them down the road. Getting professional help now supports your family later when you can’t anymore. Facing your potential death and incapacity head-on is the surest way to safeguard the ones you love. Otherwise, they are the ones who get stuck with everything you weren’t willing to take care of now.
If you attempt to do everything alone, the odds of you overlooking what you really need to protect your family is high. For example, do you think that a will enough to keep your family out of court? Is a will enough to adequately protect your children from ending up in foster care should something happen to you? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you would be wrong, and your family would be the ones to deal with the ramifications of that. Before you do anything, get educated and empowered to do what’s right.
That’s why part of our estate planning process is education, so that you understand exactly what would happen to your estate and how to change that to what you want to happen instead. If you need help getting started, consult with us as your Personal Family Lawyer®. We’ll help you through the process so you can make sure your loved ones are protected and your wishes are honored.
This article is a service of Levi Alexander, Personal Family Lawyer®. We don’t just draft documents; we ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. That’s why we offer a Family Wealth Planning Session™ during which you will get more financially organized than you’ve ever been before and make all the best choices for the people you love. You can begin by calling our office today to schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session™ and mention this article to find out how to get this $750 session at no charge.
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