Wills & Estate Planning

A will is a written document that allows you to designate:

  • who will receive your estate (your property that does not pass by beneficiary designation or joint ownership arrangement) after you die;
  • who will raise your children if you die while they're still minors, and your spouse is unavailable to care for them;
  • whether your beneficiaries receive their inheritance outright or in a trust; and
  • who will serve as your personal representative – that is, the person who will pay your bills and taxes and distribute the rest of your estate to your beneficiaries.

Estate planning attorneys advise clients on their options for disposition of real and personal property after death, and create any number of necessary documents pertaining to the client's estate and finances -- including wills and trusts. Estate planning law attorneys also assist clients in setting out their end-of-life health care wishes through living wills and health care powers of attorney.