Maryland and Washington, DC Estate Planning
What is Estate Planning?
At the most basic level, estate planning involves meeting with an experienced attorney, going over your assets and liabilities and making sure that your assets are transferred to your family and organizations of your choosing in accordance with your wishes.
While many people think of a last will and testament when thinking of estate planning, that is only one tool that can be used to protect your family wealth. Your estate planning attorney can also assist you with the creation of trusts to protect your assets as well as the creation of advanced directives that can make things much easier for your family members should you become incapacitated from an accident or terminal illness.
Why do you need an estate plan?
Many people do not want to think about death and that often results in putting off the drafting of a will, advanced directives, living wills, and other necessary estate planning documents. While there is nothing wrong with feeling uneasy about the process, as your Maryland estate planning attorney can explain, by choosing not to deal with these difficult issues, you may end up passing on the stress to your loved ones and that can result in emotional and financial trouble that could have been avoided with proper planning.
The following are some common estate planning tools with which your attorney can assist:
At the Gross Law Firm, LLC we have handled many different types of estate planning matters. This includes the creation of wills, trusts, advanced directives, as well as several complex probate and real property litigation in cases where the decedent did not have a proper estate plan. In certain cases the deceased had died without a will (intestate). In other cases, the decedent tried to create their own will using an online self-help service and the document was determined not be valid upon death. These are all situations that can be avoided with a complete estate plan.
If you are need of a new estate plan or simply want to update your existing estate plan, contact us today for a complete and confidential consultation at (301) 388-5434.