Creating an estate plan is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your loved ones, even though no one likes to think about their own passing. In the Amherst area, the experienced estate planning attorneys at Kryszak & Associates have assisted many clients with the creation and amending of their estate plans to fit their specific and unique needs. To learn more about estate planning from a knowledgeable Ohio lawyer, call or contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
When creating an Ohio estate plan, there are four main documents to consider including that cover your wishes for the distribution of your estate as well as your care in your twilight years. The first document is a will, which dictates how you would like your estate distributed to heirs and beneficiaries after your passing. A will can also include the creation of trusts, which allow certain property to bypass the Ohio probate process.
The next document is a power of attorney. This form gives an agent the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to due to illness, injury, or distance. There are many different types of power of attorney such as limited, durable, springing, and general, which an experienced attorney can review with you and advise what type is best for your situation.
The last two documents in an estate plan cover your medical care and decisions. A living will contains in writing your desires for medical care and treatment if you are unable to communicate those wishes yourself because of illness or injury. This document can include everything from medications, surgeries, Do Not Resuscitate form, palliative care instructions, and your wishes for life assistance technologies like respirators and feeding tubes. The last document is a health care power of attorney form. This document gives an agent the ability to make health care decisions on your behalf if you cannot do so yourself. If a living will also exists, the health care power of attorney is bound by that document when making decisions but can serve as an advocate to ensure that your desires for medical care are adhered to.
For those in the Amherst area that have already created an estate plan, circumstances change over time. Heirs or beneficiaries may have passed away or your relationship has changed with them. You may wish to include others in your will, or your decisions on medical treatment may have changed. It is good practice after every significant life event to review an estate plan and make any necessary amendments. A knowledgeable attorney can assist with changing your estate plan to fit your new circumstances.
Are you interested in creating or amending an estate plan in the Amherst area? An experienced estate planning attorney at Kryszak & Associates can help you today. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can help.