Estate Planning & Elder Law
Lake Norman Estate Planning Attorneys
Protecting Families in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson & the Surrounding Area
Estate planning is a difficult and emotional process. For the sake of your family, it is important to hire an experienced and compassionate Lake Norman estate planning lawyer for wills and other related matters. At The McIntosh Law Firm, our estate planning team is backed by over 75 years of collective experience and is known across the area for providing compassionate and dedicated legal counsel. Call to request a consultation and start planning your family’s future today.
The McIntosh Law Firm is available by phone at (704) 892-1612.
When to Hire an Estate Planning Lawyer in Lake Norman
In the broadest sense, estate planning is the collection of duties associated with preparing and managing an individual's assets in the event of their incapacitation or death. This planning may include the naming of an executor, the bequeathment of assets, the settlement of estate taxes, and more. Perhaps the most well-known part of estate law is the process of drafting a will, which should always be set up with the help of an experienced estate law attorney.
At The McIntosh Law Firm, our Lake Norman estate law team may be able to assist in this process by:
- Appointing a Health Care Agent – A health care agent is an individual whose job it is to communicate the principal of a will’s wishes should they become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for themselves. This individual may be a trusted member of the principal’s inner circle, such as a spouse, close friend, or another family member. Health Care Power of Attorney is the legal instrument that establishes the authority of a healthcare agent by the principal.
- Appointing a Financial Agent – A financial agent is an individual established under Durable Power of Attorney. A financial agent is appointed to execute the principal’s assets and other financial matters. This could include everything from setting up trusts and making charitable donations to avoid estate taxes, to working with the healthcare agents to facilitate the principal’s funeral wishes.
- Compiling a List of Assets – A current assets list is compiled during the estate planning process to keep track of the principal’s assets, debts, and liabilities.
- Determining Beneficiaries – This is the most familiar part of a will for most people. Beneficiaries are individuals or entities who are bequeathed a portion of the principal’s estate following their death.
- Executing Wills & Living Trusts – A last will and testament is the legal document from the principal naming the executor and beneficiaries of their estate. A revocable living trust places a living principal’s assets in a trust to be managed by a trustee or “grantor.”
- Managing Documents – All the documents dictating a principal’s estate must be kept and managed by a reliable attorney or another individual for them to be legally enforceable.
Estate Planning in the Time of the Coronavirus
This COVID-19 virus has all of us on edge. There are still so many unknowns, and while symptoms of the virus may be mild for some, it is far better to be prepared if hospitalization is needed. Having an estate plan in place, including Powers of Attorney, may put your mind at ease. Would you not feel better knowing that you have already named a trusted family member or friend as an agent to make and enforce healthcare and financial decisions for you should that become necessary?
With many of us still isolated in our homes, there is no better time to make sure these plans are in order. Contact The McIntosh Law Firm to learn how we can begin the estate planning process right from your home.