Protecting Your Legacy With Will And Probate Services
“Getting your affairs in order” — we use this expression a lot. We know we won’t live forever, and there are specific things we want done to protect our loved ones and the assets we have accumulated.
At The Law Office of David Hatch, Inc., our legal team provides an array of will and probate services so that you can protect your legacy and well-being should you become incapacitated in the future.
Writing A Will Is The Responsible Thing To Do
Some people write wills when they are still in their prime. They have young children they want to protect in case something happens. More often, people getting on in years want their estates to be handled in a proper manner to accomplish their wishes.
The process is easy. It requires a thoughtful conversation and a few papers to sign. It will give you a feeling of genuine satisfaction.
Customizing Estate Planning Tools To Address Your Concerns
Durable power of attorney. While you are making a will, think about setting up a durable power of attorney as well. A will doesn’t do anything until you pass away. If you become disabled before then or are unable to handle your own affairs, you should assign someone you trust the responsibility of making decisions for you.
Community property agreement. This contract benefits couples who have been married a long time by helping the surviving spouse avoid probate after one spouse passes away. The spouse who has passed signs everything in his or her estate to the surviving spouse. This agreement helps married couples limit expenses and legal headaches by avoiding two probates.
Living will. Also known as the directive to physicians or the advance directive, this document states your intentions for the day you can no longer make a statement yourself. It describes whether you do or do not want extreme measures to be taken to keep you alive. This document removes a very difficult burden from your loved ones at a difficult time. We help clients draw up living wills and make sure family members are apprised of our client’s wishes.
Striving To Streamline Probate
The state of Washington conducts probate matters in Washington very privately, which is nicer for the families. Our firm works to keep this process painless.
Probate administration. We represent the personal representative to help carry out the deceased person’s wishes and responsibilities. This includes finalizing taxes, settling court matters and disposing of creditor issues.
Defending Your Interests In Will Contests
Contested wills. In addition, we represent parties when a will is contested. When probate decisions are examined in court, things can get messy. Our goal is to resolve these issues in a timely and efficient manner.
Concerned About Drafting Or Administering A Will? Talk To Our Team Today.
Put our wills and probate lawyer to work for you. Schedule an informational meeting with attorney Hatch by filling out our contact form or by dialing 800-219-0512. Our Montesano office is centrally located for residents throughout Grays Harbor County and Pacific County.