Hiring an attorney to provide you with the right estate plan for your individual situation and working with an attorney to navigate long-term care planning for someone who is elderly or disabled are important decisions. More so, each situation differs. Each family differs. Creating a relationship with an attorney to work in these areas allows your attorney to get to know you and your family’s needs, making sure your plan is as individualized as you are.
McCreary Law Office focuses on the areas of law involved in a dedicated branch of the legal world: estate and special needs planning, elder law, and, when needed, probate or trust administration. Staying focused in these niche areas allows me to devote my attention to staying current and educated regarding options, trends, and changes in the law. I chose to focus in these narrow areas because I learned from personal experience the many hazards of “fill-in the-blank” estate plans and the risk when someone does this sort of work as an aside. I want to help my clients understand the need for individualized plans.
An estate plan is not just a piece of paper; it is peace of mind. Creating this peace of mind is done by building a relationship with an attorney so she can better understand your personal needs and goals and tailor a plan to those. Many factors and life situations should be considered, all which might have an impact on moving forward. Some such considerations include
- Second (or subsequent) marriages
- Minor or disabled children
- Unmarried couples
- Same-Sex Couples
- Blended families
- Single adults without children
- Adults with elderly parents or siblings for whom they provide care
- Family members with addiction/gambling issues
- Business owners
- Real estate holdings outside of your home state
In addition to helping clients devise unique estate plans that will avoid the expense and delay of a formal probate process, I also work with clients to formalize advanced medical directives and healthcare surrogate documents. This planning can help clients carry out their personal wishes upon death or incapacitation.
Let’s visit to discuss your needs regarding wills, trusts, minor children, guardianships, advanced directives, and more. We begin with a consultation of up to one hour so we can take a little time to get to know one another and I can understand your goals in creating your personal estate plan. I will provide advice during that meeting about how varying types of plans will benefit you and your situation, and you’ll have choices on the level of planning you want. The estate planning fees are determined at that time, depending on the specific needs for your personal plan.