Recent reports show that more than 50 percent of Americans do not have a basic estate plan in place. When asked by researchers why they did not have an estate plan, the most common response was that they did not believe they needed one because they did not have any large assets. There is much more to an estate plan, however than simple asset distribution.
Law Offices of Keith Banks is here to help you with all of your estate planning needs. Your estate planning lawyer in Davis, CA, serves residents of Yolo, Sacramento, Solano and Placer counties. We will work closely with you to ensure that your wishes are fully and completely enshrined in your estate documents so that you control your future and your property. We are ready to provide assistance with drafting:
- Trusts (generally termed a Revocable Living Trust) — Allows for greater flexibility and helps to avoid probate
- Wills — A tool to make your wishes known regarding property, care for minor children and other considerations
- Special needs trusts — A tool used to preserve government benefits for a person with a disability
- Durable powers of attorney — Allows a named person to act on your behalf for legal decisions
- Advance Health Care Directive — A document to state your health care preferences should you become incapacitated
Don't Estate Plans Just Deal With Property?
No, they don't. An estate plan is an umbrella term for a number of legal documents that involve you and your belongings. Some of those documents, such as a trust or a will, do tend to focus on property. A power of attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive do not. These documents help answer such critical questions as:
- Who will take care of me if I get seriously ill?
- Who will pay my bills if I become incapacitated?
- Who can make medical decisions for me?
- Do I want the doctors to take extraordinary measures to save my life?
If you do not have these documents, your friends or loved ones might have to file for a conservatorship, a serious legal hurdle, before they can help you.
Contact Us For All Your Estate Planning Needs
If you need assistance with any phase of estate planning, from drafting documents to tax planning to probate and trust administration, contact our firm today. Call 530-725-5388 or send a message online using the form on this website.