Estate planning is not merely a concern of the wealthy. People of all income levels can benefit by having a plan in place in the event of their incapacity or death.
An estate is a total property, real and personal, owned by an individual. Real property is real estate and personal property includes everything else, for example, cars, furniture, and bank accounts etc. Estate planning documents direct the distribution of real and personal property to an individual’s heirs.
When preparing your estate plan, we will offer guidance in determining if the basic estate planning documents apply to your individual situation. These include a will, trust, power of attorney, health care surrogate, and living will.
Because of the legal complications that may arise in the probate process, many people try to arrange their estate plans so as many assets as possible pass directly to their intended heirs. To assure your estate is distributed according to your wishes and to avoid as many legal complications as possible through the probate process, make an appointment for a consultation with our firm to formulate the best plan for your needs.
Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of a deceased person. Probate can take anywhere from four months to a number of years to be completed, depending on state laws and varying circumstances. If you have legal issues pertaining to the probate process or wish to contest a will, it’s wise to retain a probate attorney. Our firm can guide you through each step of the process.
A guardianship or conservatorship is a legal relationship between a competent adult or “guardian” and a person who is no longer able to make his or her own responsible decisions or “ward.” The guardian is appointed by a court and can be authorized to make legal, financial, and health care decisions for the ward. The guardian must regularly report to the court and may be removed if he or she does not adequately take care of the ward.
Our firm has worked with many families whose loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves due to many factors. We understand the emotional distress of those called upon to seek guardianship and our attorneys recognize that this overwhelming responsibility can be made more difficult by conflicting emotions and a complicated judicial process. If you are contemplating seeking guardianship, Carr Law Group, PA can help you. We have the resources, understanding, and knowledge to guide you in your desire to protect the well-being of your family member who cannot care for themselves.
We represent physicians and other health care providers in various matters including contract review and negotiation, employment contracts, business transactions, defense of professional licensure, representation in investigations, and other matters of Health Law and legal representation.
Kenneth W. Lark, our attorney on staff is also a registered nurse and has years of experience in the health law field.
LIFE CARE PLANNING
Preparing for your later years in life is not a thought most people want to consider. However, it is important to think ahead in order to ensure the best possible quality of life during your final years.
Creating a Life Care Plan now can offer a sense of comfort and confidence when it comes to your long-term care needs. Our firm will work with you to establish and implement a customized Life Care Plan and will be here for you to make modifications or to offer guidance throughout the years.
We create a customized legal plan that serves as a step-by-step guide to help meet the complex challenges of caring for an aging family member while considering the legal challenges facing all other family members affected by the Plan.
Our goal is to formulate a Plan for Life that includes the necessary legal documents, consultations, and other services designed to ensure your loved one receives appropriate care while finding sources to pay for the high cost of quality long-term care.
Contact us today to find out more about your Plan for Life.