Cape Girardeau Estate Planning Attorney
Helping Families Prepare for the Future
Although writing a will is certainly an important part of estate planning, there is much more to controlling what happens to your assets after you die. You want to be sure your wishes are followed and that your minor children are provided for.
Bertrand Law Firm delivers personalized, client-focused estate planning services in Cape Girardeau. Families throughout the region can take advantage of the helpful and friendly counsel that Attorney Trae Bertrand provides.
What Bertrand Law Firm Can Do for You
On top of writing a will, you can also make provisions for your heirs to avoid certain taxes that are imposed on inheritances. A comprehensive and well-written will can also avoid later litigation by wannabe heirs who you have specifically omitted from inheriting under the terms of your will.
Bertrand Law Firm can help you with all aspects of estate planning, including:
- Wills: In your last will and testament, you specifically state how you want your assets to be distributed upon your death. You name a trusted person to be your executor who will see that your wishes are followed. After your death, your will is filed with the probate court, which oversees the distribution of your assets to be sure the executor is complying with your plan.
- Trusts: There are many different types of trusts that can be formed to transfer your assets outside of your will. This will not involve the probate court.
- Powers of attorney: When you execute a power of attorney, you give someone the power to make financial decisions on your behalf when you are unable to make them for yourself. You establish the terms of the power of attorney and it is up to you how much power you give to the executor.
- Healthcare directive: This document grants someone you trust the power to make healthcare decisions for you when you are unable to make them for yourself either due to your mental or physical condition.
To learn more about what Cape Girardeau estate planning attorney Trae Bertrand can do for you, call Bertrand Law Firm at (573) 227-6265.