Burbank Estate Planning Attorney
Estate & Trust Lawyer
“Failing to plan is planning to FAIL.” - Ben Franklin
Why Do I Need a Durable Power of Attorney?
“LA LAW Estate Planning Attorneys see families in crisis every day! We understand how critical it is for you to take control of your life and your assets before something bad happens!”
Sadly, death or mental incapacity due to illness or accident may strike at any time. Executing these documents NOW, while healthy and competent will prevent the need for unnecessary court intrusion and expense, and unintended consequences! Executing a Durable Power of Attorney identifies a the person of YOUR CHOICE to act on your behalf to make financial decisions if you are mentally incapable of making those decisions yourself, without the need of proceeding to court for an appointed conservator of your estate (assets).
If you are not capable to make your own financial decisions (due to possible coma, or severe dementia), today’s banks and financial institutions will require financial decisions to be made by a personal agent or court appointed Conservator before they will allow any actions on your behalf.
Also, if the person who you feel should be making these financial decisions upon your incapacity, is not your spouse, your directions may be ignored unless you appointed them as you personal representative in a Durable Power of Attorney.
The Advance Heath Care Directive is a simple document that gives your family directions and an understanding of your wishes and the medical community will accept your personal representative’s directions.
Why does anyone over 18 need a Power of Attorney?
Without a proper Durable Power of Attorney, if your child should suffer a tragic illness or injury, leaving him/her incapable of managing finances, your family will be forced to establish a Conservatorship though the court in order to handle any finance issues. After the age 18, your child is now an adult and the courts will treat him/her as an individual needing to be protected if lacking capacity by having a Conservatorship established.
NOTE: California law requires a form called Advanced Health Directive to allow a trusted person to make decisions regarding your medical matters.
We are proud to be a part of the complete solution to your family’s crisis, not just the lawyers that create the legal documents. We understand the issues surrounding the care of aging loved ones and what it takes legally to meet your needs and goals, while giving your family the peace of mind that your loved ones are getting the best care possible in a complex and confusing situation.
Please contact our office for a free initial consultation with Joseph McHugh, a California Elder Law Attorney. Or you may wish to call our office or check our web site for the date of our next free public class or workshop to learn more about elder law and the legal ways you can stay in control of your assets and your life!
Best Advice- Seek Experienced Legal Counsel!
If you are over 18 years old and do not have legal documents in order, it advised to seek experienced legal counsel. The LA LAW Estate Planning Attorneys have the knowledge to make this as easy as possible and ready to help you understand your options and then begin this process if it can not be avoided. Our estate planning lawyers prepare custom estate plans that address you and your family’s particular circumstances and long term goals.
If you were asked, "What would happen to your assets if you were gone tomorrow?"… Our Estate Planning Attorneys can help you have peace of mind & be able to confidently say “Yes, I know exactly what will happen!”
After a thorough review of the best strategies for your estate plan and our fees for the scope of work, we structure a comprehensive estate plan created specifically to protect your assets and allow you to stay in control of your life and your money.
Our Law Office is located in Southern California; however, we serve many clients throughout the state and love an occasional road trip to help all of our clients, their family and friends.
We are very proud of the many personal and professional referrals we receive from happy clients and colleagues. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Take advantage of a free phone consultation or appointment for a free 30 minute consultation to review your individual situation and determine if you would benefit from our experience and legal services.
Call us at: (818) 241-4238