Estate planning helps you control what happens to your assets once you’re gone. It can also establish a plan to better protect and provide for your dependents throughout their lives. At Briglia Hundley, P.C., we help clients throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., establish estate plans that provide greater peace of mind and keep loved ones secure.
Wills are the backbone of estate planning, providing detailed information about how you’d like your assets and personal and business affairs handled following your death. A will can also be used to establish guidelines for the care of minor children or disabled dependents. Having an experienced lawyer draft your will is essential to ensure that your wishes are clearly understood and implemented without any confusion or ambiguities.
Like wills, trusts help determine how your assets will be dispersed and managed. Unlike wills that become enforceable upon your death, some trusts can be “activated” during your lifetime. Many trusts offer significant tax and asset protection advantages. Trusts aren’t just for the wealthy. Even people with modest savings can realize significant benefits by placing assets in trust. Speaking with an estate-planning lawyer is the first step in learning about your options and taking steps to provide you and your loved ones with superior protection and peace of mind.
Powers of Attorney
Powers of Attorney (POA) provide important instructions for how your affairs should be managed in the event you’re unable to manage them yourself. As experienced estate attorneys, we help clients establish POAs for healthcare and personal needs, finances, legal and business decisions, and other matters. POAs are one more tool you can use to ensure your rights and wishes are protected in the event you become disabled or incapacitated by illness.
Advanced Medical Directives
Also called “living wills,” advanced medical directives specify what medical steps should be taken when an illness renders one unable to make decisions for themselves. Few people like thinking about their own disability but having an advanced medical directive in place can help ensure your wishes are known and carried out even when you’re unable to speak for yourself. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
Children with Special Needs
Special needs children often require medical care, educational accommodations, and other services to enable them to lead the fullest lives possible. Our team is skilled in helping parents protect their child’s rights and enforce all applicable laws and regulations. We provide legal representation that’s always in the child’s best interests.
Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs
If you have a child with special needs, estate planning is critical for ensuring their needs are still met after you die or become seriously ill or disabled. Our team of legal professionals understands the unique challenges faced by families with special needs. We’ll work with you to set up an estate plan that provides for your child according to your intentions. Contact us today to learn more.