Baltimore estate planning lawyers for wills, probate, and trusts.
Most people do not realize that dying intestate, or without a will, can have severe unintended emotional and financial consequences for your family. In such circumstances the state, not you, will direct who gets your assets and possibly even how best to care for your minor children. A will is a legal document that provides a plan for distributing your assets to whom you choose – family, friends, or a favorite charity. If you leave assets to a child, you may direct that the assets be placed in trust until that child is old enough to handle the assets on his or her own.
How to draft a will.
Our attorneys help you understand your options and explain the probate process so that you can make fully informed decisions before preparing your will. We explain what assets are and are not included in your probate estate so that you can plan accordingly when considering ownership of real property, bank accounts, life insurance, and retirement assets.
What is a power of attorney?
Since the unexpected can occur, our attorneys also advise clients about powers of attorney and advance directives for health care in the event of death or serious physical incapacity. With these documents in place before you become disabled and unable to communicate your wishes, you can direct who can make healthcare and financial decisions for you while you are incapacitated. You can also explain your wishes concerning life support in certain circumstances.