Death. It can be a scary word. No one wants to think about it, especially when you’re young and healthy. Drafting a will isn’t something you want to think about either. Yet, it’s one of the simplest and most important estate planning documents you can have for you and your family.
Although everyone should have a will, every family is unique and every will should be tailored to meet individual family needs. At Harman Law, PLLC, we provide the personal attention necessary to draft your will, along with other important estate planning documents, to effectively outline your wishes.
Wills, as most people know, are used to designate who will handle your estate and receive your property when you die. However, what most people may not realize, is that when you have a child under the age of 18, a will is the easiest and most effective way to name the person you want to be your child’s guardian and the trustee of any trusts designated for your child.
Further Estate Planning
While drafting your will, you should also consider the following basic estate planning documents: Healthcare Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney and Living Will. These documents can help prevent family disputes and assist with important decision-making during difficult situations.
- A Healthcare Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to name an individual to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become unable to make those decisions yourself. Without this document, doctors typically turn to the closest kin available, which may or may not be who you want making the decisions for you.
- A Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to name an individual to make non-healthcare decisions on your behalf. This includes activities such as paying your bills and handling your general affairs. You can choose to make the power of attorney effective immediately, or reserve the powers until you become unable to handle your own affairs.
- A Living Will is a document that lets you outline your end-of-life medical care wishes in the event you become unable to communicate your decision, including choices regarding life support, artificial nutrition and artificial hydration. A living will has no power after death.
Will & Estate Planning Fees
Harman Law, PLLC is committed to ensuring everyone has access to critical estate planning services. That’s why we offer competitive pricing options.
Basic Will – Couple: $500 / Individual: $300
If unusual document preparation or tax planning is needed, additional fees may apply.
Healthcare Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney & Living Will – Per Person Cost: $100 per document –or– $250 for all three