Assisting you make the right preparations for your situation
While many people are reluctant to think about planning their estate, preparing in advance allows you to be in control and carry out your wishes. Long & Long, LLC attorneys have over 100 cumulative years of experience protecting legacies. We take the time to listen to your goals and concerns and analyze your unique financial situations to craft and implement a thorough, individualized estate plan.
Wills & Trusts
Estate planning has become more complex, but Wills and Trusts are still a crucial part of that plan. Drafting errors, mismanagement, alterations to the law or changes to your family or financial situation can potentially cause problems with your distribution scheme. At Long & Long, LLC our team of attorneys draft Wills specifically for our clients and do not rely upon forms or boilerplate language. We understand that making a little extra effort now can avoid a great deal of confusion in the future. That is why we listen to our clients’ needs and concerns to prepare documents specifically with those matters in mind. One of the most misunderstood documents, a Trust, can be a very effective tool when used properly. If a Trust best serves your needs, we take the time to create one tailored to your specific desires.
Making sure that you have a correctly executed and established Will or Trust is one of the most important things you can do to make sure that your loved ones are provided for and that your wishes are adhered to.
Power of Attorney & Living Will
Establishing a thorough and clear Power of Attorney ensures that a trusted loved one is able to manage your financial affairs should you become incapacitated and unable to do so yourself. Our attorneys at Long & Long, LLC understand the intricacies of instituting a Power of Attorney and have the experience and knowledge to make sure that your Power of Attorney is personally tailored for your situation. Unfortunately, all too often a person becomes physically or mentally incapacitated without a valid Power of Attorney, and in these situations, a Guardianship may be necessary to prevent mismanagement of his or her financial estate.
A Living Will or Health Care Power of Attorney establishes a set of guidelines that should be followed for your care and medical treatment in the event that you are unable to voice those requests yourself and empowers a trusted loved one to ensure that those wishes are followed. Long & Long's team of attorneys have the knowledge and experience to make sure that your wishes are correctly and clearly established so that you are able to have peace of mind.
Guardianship is a process of allowing a loved one to manage your affairs when you are unable to do so. Once a person is already physically or mentally incapacitated, he or she no longer has the option of executing a power of attorney. In these situations, a guardianship may be necessary to prevent neglect of that person’s personal care and mismanagement of his or her financial estate. Establishing a guardianship requires a court process during which a medical professional must certify that the proposed ward — the incapacitated person — is incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
This is a high standard to meet. Our team at Long & Long, LLC helps clients understand and satisfy the guardianship requirements so they are no overwhelmed while serving as guardians of the estate or of the person. If you have a loved one who, due to injury, age or illness can no longer handle his or her own finances or make other important decisions, it may be in the best interest for your entire family to seek the aid of our guardianship attorneys.