Drafting Wills & Trusts
will or trust can help you rest assured that your assets and property will be properly
divided among your beneficiaries. How these estate planning documents
protect your property, however, is very different. An estate planning
attorney in Westchester County can help you understand the options available
to you so that you can make decisions you’re comfortable with.
The defining difference between these two is that a living trust goes into
effect while you’re still alive, while a will becomes relevant upon
your death. People often choose trusts because they allow someone’s
assets and property to transfer into the care of a trustee during life
so that the estate won’t have to go through probate court.
Your trust, however, may not be as thoroughly defined as you believed it
to be in life. Certain assets or property not outlined in a trust can
still go through probate. Without a will backing up your trust, any of
these items will not be divided according to your wishes but rather state law.
Consulting with an estate planning attorney in Mt. Vernon to establish
a will or trust can help you rest assured that your whole estate is covered.
We can help you develop a plan to minimize the effect of the probate process
on your estate.
Creating an Advanced Healthcare Directive
Proper estate planning is not just important for distributing the assets
of a deceased person. Your estate plan should include items likes a living
will, medical privacy forms, power of attorney,
advance healthcare directives, and other documents that help your family and doctors know how to treat
you. These documents are important not just because they outline your
wishes for your healthcare, but because they become your voice when you’re
incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself.
If you’re affected by a coma, mental illness, diseases such as Alzheimer’s
or dementia, or are suffering from a traumatic brain injury, it’s
possible that you won’t be able to communicate your wishes. The
Browne Firm can help you compile your wishes for your medical treatment
in the event of your incapacitation so your family won’t have to
guess when making difficult decisions.
Need help with estate planning in Westchester County? Call our estate law firm at (914) 290-5622 to learn more about how we can help.