Q:  When is the best time to have a Will?

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A:  Before you need it.

Whether you are well-established in life, or just starting out, it is important that you have an estate plan.  Zamba Law Office, S.C., can help you protect your loved ones in the event that something unexpected happens.  A Will is a document that can specify how several things should be handled in the event of your death.  For example:

In addition, we can help you plan for a circumstance where you are still living, but can no longer make decisions on your own behalf.

A Power of Attorney is a document that gives someone else the power to make certain decisions for you (such as financial or health care decisions) if you are unable to do so for yourself, for example, if you are incapacitated by an illness or injury.

A Medical Directive is a document that specifies your choices on certain medical-related decisions, in the event that you are incapacitated.

If you do not have these documents, and become incapacitated, your loved ones will have to file a petition to be appointed as your guardian in order to handle your affairs.   A guardianship proceeding requires one or more court hearings, and is a more expensive and difficult way to accomplish the same goals.  In addition, by preplanning this situation by drafting documents now, you are making sure that YOU are the one who selects the person to handle your affairs.

Who receives your assets?

Who will take care of your minor children?

What type of charitable endowments would you like to make?

What are type of final arrangements would you like to create for yourself?