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Estate Planning

Estate Planning

You’ve worked hard to build your family and your assets. It is important to protect both.

Reed, Mawhinney & Link provides comprehensive estate planning services tailored to your personal and family needs. It is never too early to plan your estate and your plan will likely change throughout your life. Allow us to help your plan evolve as your life progresses.  Our estate planning services also include Powers of Attorney to help ensure someone will be able to help manage your affairs while you are still living and Advance Health Care Directives to ensure your health care and end of life decisions are handled in accordance with your wishes.

Wills

Your Last Will & Testament is the document that tells the world what you want to have happen to your property once you die. The law places certain requirements on how your Will must be executed and certain limits on what you can do with certain property, including your homestead. Come speak with us about preparing your Will or reviewing any older Wills that may need to be updated.

Revocable Trusts

Sometimes your family situation or the assets you own make it advantageous for the development of a revocable trust. A trust can help provide some asset protection, privacy, and avoid probate. Reed & Mawhinney will not only create your trust, we can also help re-title your assets into your new trust.

Powers of Attorney

Your Power of Attorney is the document that allows someone to act on your behalf in a number of areas of your life, including, contracts, litigation, financial decisions, bank accounts, and many more. This powerful document should be carefully drafted to ensure it both protects you and provides your attorney in fact with the powers necessary to carry out your wishes. 

Health Care Surrogates

Your Health Care Surrogate authorizes someone to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make the decisions for yourself. A well drafted Health Care Surrogate on file with your doctor’s office and hospital can help save precious time and alleviate stressful confusion in a time of medical emergency.

Living Wills

End of life decisions are deeply personal and spiritual in nature. Your Living Will ensures those personal and spiritual desires are fulfilled. Your Living Will will address matters including life support, feeding tubes, and, if you request, religious or spiritual directives when your death grows eminent.

Pre-Need Guardianship

If there ever comes a time in your life when you are unable to care for yourself, having a pre-need guardianship document on file with the court will help expedite and ensure you and your property are placed into the care of the person you trust.

Important Estate Planning Questions:
  • Do you have a Last Will & Testament describing how you’d like your estate to be administered?
  • Do you have Advance Health Care Directives?
  • Who would you like to manage your affairs and look after you if you are incapacitated?
  • Is your estate subject to estate taxes?
  • Do you need a trust?
  • How are your assets titled?