Trust and Secure Your Estate with the Assistance of a Knowledgeable Attorney
Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the Law Offices of Mariam E. Hanna can help with all aspects of your estate plan, including:
- Advance directives (living wills)
- Estate tax issues
- Choosing the appropriate executor
- Living trusts
- Wills drafting
Estate planning documents are extremely flexible and can be designed to fit your unique needs. We will work closely with you to determine your goals and create precise instruments to carry out your intentions.
Securing your legacy
You’ve worked hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you great comfort. We will thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Draft your advance directive and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your advance directive (or living will) sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court will determine how your property is distributed, what happens to your pet, and even, who cares for your children. These decisions may not reflect your desires.
Drafting a valid will, will ensure your intentions are honored.
Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You should update your will periodically throughout your life. Our office can draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions. Don’t leave it to chance. Subject to narrow exceptions, children or spouses omitted from your will, however accidental, will not inherit any of your assets.
Appointment of guardians
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. Naming a guardian is especially important if you are a single parent, but even married couples must consider the remote possibility of perishing in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint one whose decisions may be in conflict with your parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pet’s care in your will, and, even name a guardian to assume ownership.
Contact an estate planning lawyer you can trust.
For comprehensive estate planning services throughout California, call the Law Offices of Mariam E. Hanna at 866-257-5180 or contact my office online to schedule a consultation.