For most people, the idea of estate planning can be a little uncomfortable. That’s why it’s so easy to put off. But, at Nadler Biernath, we do our best to make the process painless, helping solve our clients’ problems.
Establishing an estate plan is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. Proper estate planning puts you in charge of your finances, but it’s about more than just handling your financial assets. It also covers guardianship, medical power of attorney and even potential end-of-life decisions. An estate plan can save your loved ones the expense, delay and frustration associated with managing your affairs when you pass away or become disabled.
Fortunately, the hardest part of estate planning is typically working up the will to call an attorney for an initial consultation. After that, we work with you to create a plan based on your wishes and needs.
For many families, an estate plan will include:
How an estate plan protects your assets and your family
Without an estate plan in place, the process after your death can be chaotic, expensive, and time-consuming. The process is expensive, time-consuming and open to the public. If you’re married and have children, you may assume that your spouse will automatically be able to access your assets. This isn’t the case, however.
It’s not unusual for assets to be frozen for a period of time after a person passes away. Planning avoids this sometimes painful delay, allowing instead for a process that’s quick, inexpensive and private.
Estate planning also allows you to select a guardian for your children should you and your spouse die at the same time or in close order. Leaving this immensely personal decision to the courts can result in family disagreements or placements that are not what you would have wished. Careful planning allows you and your spouse to consider what’s most important to you in the upbringing of your children.
If it’s time to create your own estate plan, or to update an existing plan, you need an Atlanta estate-planning attorney. Contact Nadler Biernath today to schedule a consultation.