When most people think of estate planning, they think of its core function: deciding what you want to happen to things you own after you die. This might be done with a will or a trust. But a good estate plan handles more.
A complete estate plan addresses what happens to your things after you die, but it also plans for what happens during your life if you become incapacitated. Naming the person to serve as your agent in a durable power of attorney, designating your agent to make your medical decisions, and setting out your wishes for end-of-life care in your living will are all part of a thorough estate plan.
Fitting it all Together
Understanding all of these pieces and, more importantly, how they all fit together can be puzzling. Working with an estate planning attorney who focuses on this area of law, though, can help you see the big picture. That attorney can help you determine what’s important to you and create a plan that works to meet your goals, taking care of your dependents, heirs, or relatives in a fair and legally sound manner.
Peace of Mind, Not Just a Piece of Paper
Estate planning is not about documents and forms. Instead, it is a thorough plan that serves as an investment in your future when you most need care — when you cannot protect yourself — and an investment in providing for your loved ones after your death. In other words, working with an estate planning attorney means finding peace of mind, not just getting a piece of paper.
McCreary Law Office's Houston Estate Planning Practice
Based in Houston, McCreary Law Office works with Texas clients to create comprehensive estate plans and offers many online estate planning services. Learn more below or contact McCreary Law Office, and we can schedule an introductory call.
Key Areas of Estate Planning
Your will is the most basic method used to name who is in charge after you die and what happens to everything you own. Read More
A trust allows you to name a person to look over property that is set aside to provide for someone else. Read More
The agent you name in your durable power of attorney can manage your affairs when you cannot. Read More
A medical power of attorney and living will make up the health care planning in your estate plan. Read More
A medical power of attorney allows you to name who will make your medical decisions if you cannot. Read More
Special planning is done for parents of minor children to make sure their kids are taken care of if the parents suddenly cannot care for them. Read More
Special needs planning is particularly important if someone in your life receives needs-based benefits due to a disability. Read More