I am Judith Trentman Wilson, an estate planning lawyer with a law office in The Villages, Florida. When people come to me with questions about their estate planning goals, I always provide them with straightforward answers based on a deep understanding of the law.
On this page, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about estate planning. Remember, this is general information. For answers about your specific legal needs, speak with an attorney who has experience in this area of the law.
The answer to this question for the vast majority of people is yes! If you have any assets at all, you likely want to see them distributed in the manner of your choosing. If you were to pass away without a will, your assets would be distributed according to state law.
If you have minor children, a will allows you to appoint a trusted guardian for them in the event you are no longer able to fill your role as a parent. The need for a will becomes more pronounced as you get older, but I believe that establishing a will is a good idea for adults of all ages.
By establishing an advance health care directive (also known as a living will), you can make clear the types of medical treatment you would like to receive or decline in certain scenarios. These directives are typically set up to address end-of-life medical scenarios. By establishing a living will, you can spare your loved ones the vexing questions and disputes that can arise when such wishes are unknown.
You deserve answers that address your specific questions, and I am here to provide you with them. To arrange an estate planning consultation, contact my law office online.