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A comprehensive estate plan offers benefits for you and your loved ones by creating safeguards for your estate during your life and after your death. It can be overwhelming to consider the needs of your family financially and legally, and many individuals are unsure of what documents should be in their estate plan. An experienced Baton Rouge estate planning lawyer can review your personal goals and the needs of your loved ones to determine a strong estate plan.

The unique inheritance and property ownership laws in Baton Rouge mean that it’s important to find an attorney with local experience and strong dedication to their clients and community.

Help Setting Up Your Estate Plan

Discussing our own mortality is often uncomfortable. This uneasiness grows when the discussion turns to our parents and other loved ones. However, planning for the future using estate planning tools, such as wills, can help to ease your mind. In order for you and your loved ones to benefit from an estate plan, it must be legally valid. You need an attorney who understands the legal requirements while also being attuned to your concerns and personal wishes.

At the Shelby Law Firm, we understand the concerns that our clients have about these topics. For that reason, we make every effort to ease the discomfort of our clients and help them gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing their wishes will be carried out after they are gone. For more than 30 years, our firm has provided advice and support for individuals and families who want to create estate plans to protect their loved ones and themselves.

Tools Used in an Estate Plan

There are several documents that are necessary to make up a complete estate plan, and they vary based on your unique situation. Some of the most common include:

  • Last Will and Testament: This is a basic document that outlines your wishes for asset distribution, the person you want to be the estate’s executor, your wishes for burial or cremation and funeral services, and the guardians for minor children. A will does not keep assets out of probate, however.
  • Revocable or Irrevocable Trusts: Having one or more trusts enables you to keep most or all of your estate from going through public probate or succession. Trusts are legal entities that distribute your assets just like a will, but outside of probate court and privately. You can change revocable trusts during your lifetime, while irrevocable trusts are much harder to alter. Trusts can hold assets for beneficiaries until they reach a certain age or hold assets if inheriting the assets would jeopardize their governmental benefits.
  • Medical Power of Attorney: If you are incapacitated near the end of your life due to age or illness, or you suffer an accident that incapacitates you, you will be unable to make important medical decisions for yourself. A medical power of attorney gives someone you trust the power to make those decisions.
  • Financial Power of Attorney: Like a medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney gives a trusted loved one or professional the ability to make financial decisions on your behalf. This may include the management of properties and assets, paying bills, and other actions.
  • Living Will: Your living will can list the care you desire if you are incapacitated or nearing the end of your life. This may include your medical care and treatment wishes, religious and spiritual beliefs, and your wishes for pain management.

Estate planning documents can work to limit disputes between your loved ones, give assets to individuals and organizations, and determine succession or other plans for any businesses you manage. A qualified attorney can review your goals and help you select the right documents to uphold your wishes.

Benefits Of Estate Planning

Despite the difficulty of a conversation discussing death, estate planning has many benefits. We help our clients create wills to help ensure that their property will be distributed in accordance with their wishes. Knowing there will not be confusion during the probate and succession process is reassuring and  Knowing that the lawyers helping them create their wills are respectful of their concerns, including the need for privacy and sensitivity, eases the process of creating a will.

Although some people believe that estate planning is only necessary for those with significant assets, this is not the case. Estate planning can benefit anyone. Powers of attorney and medical directives can provide you peace of mind about your personal care if you become incapacitated, and trusts enable you to have more control over when and how your assets are distributed.

Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys

Our lawyers respect our clients’ privacy, time and concerns. Clients can be sure that when they come to the Shelby Law Firm, we take their concerns very seriously and can be trusted with very personal information. If a client needs a simple will or needs a will probated, clients find caring attorneys committed to serving them. At our firm, our lawyers are dedicated to providing excellent customer service. This means we answer phone calls promptly, take time to work with clients individually and commit ourselves to helping clients understand the law so they can make the best decisions for themselves.

Contact Estate Planning Attorneys

Our diverse law firm is proud of our dedication to serving our clients. When clients understand the law, they can make better decisions for themselves. The Shelby Law Firm serves clients in the Shreveport area, Monroe area, Alexandria area, Baton Rouge area, Lafayette area, Lake Charles area and New Orleans area. Our clients receive personal service from our Prairieville estate planning attorneys who are committed to taking the confusion out of the law. Contact us for a free initial consultation with a Baton Rouge last will and testament attorney at 225-223-6961.

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