Estate planning should be more than a who-gets-what process. It should be viewed as a time to craft your final message to loved ones, giving careful consideration to how gifts are passed to encourage the legacy that you want to leave.
And your message is as unique as you are.
No two clients, and therefore, no two estates are the same. Every person has unique circumstances, wants, and hopes for the people they leave behind. All of these factors form your legacy. Newnam Land takes the time to get to know you and the reasons behind your gifts so that your message can be conveyed and your legacy established.
We take the time to educate you so that you understand the reasons behind the structure of your plan and how to maintain it. Our work doesn’t stop once you leave our office. We remain available to work with you after your documents are signed to make any adjustments and transfers necessary to effectuate your plan.
All of this attention is beyond one-size-fits-all solutions. You are not merely “check-the-box,” and your estate plan should not be either, no matter the size of your estate.
When a loved one passes, we are here to help you. Navigating probate and trust provisions in a time of mourning can be daunting. Having a knowledgeable professional assist you can lighten the burden that you face. The attorneys at Newnam Land understand the load faced by executors and trustees and can be on hand to guide you.
Newnam Land can assist you in the complex areas of estate plans, probate and trust administration, and guardianship.
It is never easy to contemplate one’s demise, and it can be tempting to think, “I’ll be gone, what will it matter?” Unfortunately, a poorly planned estate can leave loved ones with a lot of uncertainty and chaos during some of their darkest hours.
Simple wills and on-line forms often do not contain the provisions necessary to address the specific needs of the people who use them. Further, a misunderstanding of how wills, trusts, and beneficiary designations work can lead to assets not being left according to your wishes. This confusion and chaos can affect your loved-ones’ final memory of you, leading to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. And the worst part is, there is nothing you can do at that point to explain your choices. The attorneys at Newnam Land can help you formulate and execute an estate plan that accurately reflects your final wishes and helps to ease the burden on loved ones.
These issues are not isolated to estate planning; use of forms and on-line powers of attorney can negatively affect your agent’s ability to care for you when you cannot manage your own affairs. Certain authority may be too narrow, or missing entirely, for your agent to act in your best interest. Newnam Land discusses with you what powers are best for your specific situation and why you may, or may not, include them in your power of attorney.