Estate Planning

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Estate planning is the process used to arrange and manage one’s assets. Estate planning can include arranging the following:

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WILLS

Wills, which can be written, statutory, or oral, are documents specifying those who will manage and inherit one’s assets.

TRUSTS

Trusts, or financial arrangements, allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries.

POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Powers of attorney for financial affairs, provide the authority to act for another person in financial matters.

ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE

Advance health care directives are legal documents where one specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity.

  • Health care powers of attorney (also known as proxy) are documents that appoint an individual to make health care decisions when the grantor of the power is incapacitated.

  • Living wills are legal documents where one states how they wish to be treated if they should require medical treatments and life-prolonging procedures and are unable to communicate their wishes.

To learn more about estate planning and the steps needed to create an estate plan, please see here. There are also helpful videos you can check out on estate planning, including "Documenting your Wishes," "Practical Things to Think About," and "Financial & Medical Decision Making." You can also find more information on advance health care directives, including health care powers of attorney/proxy and living wills.

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