Powers of Attorney are a vital part of any estate plan. When putting together an estate plan, the focus is often placed on structuring the inheritance you are going to leave your heirs. However, a proper estate plan also includes documents to ensure that you will be taken care of if you have difficulty due to aging, illness or injury.

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Your Last Will and Testament, not to be confused with a Living Will, is the legal document where you spell out where you want your probate assets to go whenever you pass away. Additionally, you nominate a person to be the executor of the Will and name preferred Guardians for any minor or developmentally disabled children you have. The number one misconception people make is that they think a Will avoids Probate Court Proceedings. Unfortunately, that is not true.  

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Just like every car accident is different, every injury case is unique. This is why your personal injury attorney should be someone that you trust will give your case the individual attention it deserves. At Legacy Law, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your case and personal situation to determine the full extent of your harms and losses. We make sure everything is accounted for and no table is left unturned.

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After an accident, the insurance company is not fighting for you, they are doing what is best for themselves. Their main focus is to get you to agree to a small settlement quickly. Right after an accident, it might seem great to get a few hundred or thousand dollars right away to help with any immediate bills. However, this is not the best solution for the long-term. You may experience additional medical expenses and unpaid leave from work down the road. An insurance company doesn’t care that you have multiple medical bills, or you’re experiencing lost wages because you haven’t been able to return to work; but our attorneys care.

With each case we take on, our goal is to focus our undivided attention to each lawsuit, as well as provide the best legal representation to car accident victims. We currently take on crash cases where an individual experienced a life-changing injury, such as a spinal cord or brain injury, paralysis, or loss of a limb, as well as car accidents resulting in broken bones or herniated and bulging discs. We also take on accident cases where a loved one unfortunately died. As a client of ours, we would fight hard for the justice and compensation you deserve during this difficult time.

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A Will dictates how your probate assets will be distributed at the time of your death. What are probate assets? In short, probate assets are those that you own when you pass away which will not get to an heir or beneficiary through some other legal means. For example, Life Insurance proceeds typically avoid probate. When you pass away, the beneficiary named receives the death benefit after completing the proper forms. No probate is required as long as a valid beneficiary exists.

Other benefits a Will can provide include: 

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Personal Injury

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What does a Will Do?

Nominating a guardian for your minor child or anyone else you have guardianship over. 
 
Nominating an executor for your estate.

Modify or supplement the default rules to make probate cheaper, easier, simpler and quicker. For example, you can waive the need for your executor to obtain a probate bond.

You can make gifts to church, charity, or other persons who would not normally receive an inheritance from you.

What are the Limitations of a Will?

Using a Will to dispose of all your assets is often disfavored for several reasons.  

Probate can be complex, expensive, take a long time, and is all public record. In order to simplify things for your heirs, you may wish to seek out alternatives to a traditional Will to minimize or avoid probate. Most commonly, this is accomplished with the use of a Trust.

Wills do not avoid probate.  

Original Document is Required.

The original Will is required when applying to open up a probate estate. That means you need to make sure the Will is safe and secure. Moreover, your heirs will need to know where the document is, and how to access the paperwork. If a Will is disputed or cannot be found it can lead to protracted and expensive legal proceedings.

Lack of control of inheritance.

While a Will allows you to specify where your inheritance will go, you are not able to go any further. You cannot specify when, where, how, use or anything else. More poignantly, if your heirs have issues in their personal life that would mean the inheritance would cause problems, or be taken by another, a traditional Will cannot address that.

Common problems we see arise are debts, divorce, money management issues, lawsuits, nursing homes, or any needs-based assistance program. If these are not accounted for in another way in your estate plan, it can mean any inheritance you want to leave your heirs could be taken by another person, or cause them to lose eligibility for benefits they are currently receiving. While you can seek to establish a “testamentary trust” in your Will, that means the Probate Court is involved in the process for an extended period of time. The costs of this can quickly outweigh the benefits in many cases.

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