ESTATE PLANNING focuses on avoiding or at least simplifying probate and providing for your loved ones. Attorney Johnson's focus is always on meeting clients' needs and our office is dedicated to carrying out client's wishes properly and efficiently. We help you leave a legacy!
List of some essential estate planning documents:
- Last Will and Testament-A will is a written direction controlling the disposition of property at death. The laws of each state set the formal requirements for a legal will.
- Trust-There are various types of trusts. A trust may be used in addition to a will. This is because a trust can handle only the property that has been put into it. Any property of yours that is not placed in the trust either during life or at death in most instances escapes the control of the trust. It is the will that controls all property in your name at the time of death if the will is drafted properly. Trusts can be helpful to speed administration and save taxes if they are drafted properly and funded during life with the property intended to be transferred by the trust. Furthermore, it is the probate of the will that can clear creditors' claims, which is not possible with just a trust administration.
- Power of Attorney-A Power of Attorney is a legal document delegating authority from one person to another. In the document, the maker of the Power of Attorney (the “principal”) grants the right to act on the maker's behalf as their agent. What authority is granted depends on the specific language of the Power of Attorney. A person giving a Power of Attorney may make it very broad or may limit it to certain specific acts.
- Designation of Health Care Surrogate- It is a document naming another person as your representative to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. You can include instructions about any treatment you want or do not want, similar to a living will. You can also designate an alternate surrogate.
- Living Will- It is a written of the kind of medical care you want or do not want if you become unable to make your own decisions. It is called a living will because it takes effect while you are still living.
- Deed-Legal instrument which passes, affirms or confirms an interest, right, or property and that is signed, notarized, attested, and delivered. Certain deeds may be used to avoid probate when transferring real property.
Attorney Johnson has conducted seminars for US Legal Services, Grassroots Consulting, Inc., Impact Broward's Foster Grandparent Program, Kiwanis Club, Unity Primitive Baptist, Pentecostal Church of God, and various other churches and non-profit organizations in the community. Please contact our office to schedule a seminar for your organization.