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Estate planning for you and your family
There may be a temptation to take a do-it-yourself approach to estate planning. There are forms for wills, trusts and other legal instruments available on the internet and at office supply stores. But taking that route may be perilous, since there is seldom an estate planning situation where one size fits all. At Kasten Legal in Dallas, I have helped multiple clients devise and develop unique plans for the distribution and protection of their assets, with a view toward carrying out their intentions with exactitude.
Kasten Legal can create a long-term strategy for your estate
People may think that they do not need a will, reasoning that if they should die without one, their assets and other financial concerns will be taken care of by law. Unfortunately, leaving your estate to the statutory administration process can lead to adverse consequences that could have been avoided.
- Wills — A will is a set of instructions that instruct how your assets should be distributed. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and other dispositions that might not reflect your desires. I draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
- Guardianships — A will also allows you to make decisions about the future care of your minor children. Naming a guardian is especially important if you are a single parent, but even married couples must consider the remote possibility of perishing in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint one whose decisions may be in conflict with your parenting goals.
- Living trusts — A living trust is ideal for those who want to maintain control over their assets, and guarantee who gets what once they die. So long as you are alive, they can be changed at any time, but they are more expensive to maintain and are much more complex than a will. Because of this I generally don’t recommend them for most clients but will discuss the appropriate options with you.
- Living wills — Also known as an advance care directive, a living will states what kind of medical treatment you should receive if you are too sick or injured to express your wishes or give informed consent. I can also prepare a durable power of attorney, which authorizes someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you become mentally incapacitated.
If an estate matter goes to court, I can represent your interests vigorously and work to achieve the best outcome. As an experienced mediator, I also know how to reach a successful conclusion by other means.
Contact my Dallas office today to discuss your legal issue
At Kasten Legal in Dallas, I am committed to helping you plan your estate. Call me at 469-212-9676 or contact me online to set up an initial consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.