It is never too early to start planning to ensure that you and your family's best interests are maintained. Come to the Law Office of Brenda J. Miller, Esq. in Middletown, NY today for reliable estate planning services. With Brenda's help, you can set your mind at ease knowing that your last wishes will be met when you pass away.
In addition to creating your initial estate plan, Brenda can provide you with legal guidance on an ongoing basis. She can help you revise your terms when major life changes occur.
Don't let the state make decisions for you!
A will, sometimes referred to as a “last will and testament,” is a legal document that includes your final wishes. The document is executed in a state court of law after your death, and the court ensures that your last requests are fulfilled.
A trust is a fiduciary provision that allows separate parties to hold assets on behalf of beneficiaries. It usually avoids probate, which allows beneficiaries to access the assets quickly.
What a Trust Can Do for You:
Control of Your Wealth - You determine how your assets are distributed, which can be monthly, yearly, or other terms you prefer.
Provide Privacy and Probate Savings - Unlike a probate, which is a public record, a trust may allow asset divisions to stay private.
Power of Attorney
A durable power of attorney provides your significant other with the authority to take care of your affairs when you become unable to do so.
Advance directives, which are legal documents, ensure that your wishes are carried out if you cannot make decisions for yourself.
New York State Healthcare Proxy
A healthcare proxy allows you to name an agent who will make decisions on your behalf. A proxy is only valid if 2 doctors decide you are not able to make your own decisions.
A living will lets you determine the type of care you want, or do not want, at the end of your life. It takes effect when you cannot make decisions by yourself and your doctor confirms that your condition is incurable.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
A DNR order informs emergency workers and healthcare providers not to revive you when your heart stops beating or when you stop breathing. It becomes valid when it is signed by your doctor.
Keep in mind that individuals who are not in a medical facility can use a non-hospital DNR order. The form must be placed where everyone can see it.
If you are too unwell to agree to a DNR form, your healthcare agent or closest family member can make the agreement. Also, you can write the DNR instructions on your living will or healthcare proxy form.
Have any questions about estate planning? Call Brenda J Miller today at 845-645-9096 to schedule a free legal consultation.