It can be difficult to think about how your family might manage your affairs after your death, but it’s an important thing to keep in mind. Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, L.L.C. can help you protect yourself and assist your family throughout the estate planning process, including making end-of-life health arrangements, identifying who should and can make those decisions on your behalf, managing your estate, and distributing your assets.
Estate Planning and Probate
As a general term, Estate Planning refers to the legal process of deciding how you would like your assets to be managed after your death, including your wishes for end-of-life care, and it allows you to choose an individual to make medical decisions for you. Documents used in Estate Planning may include:
- A Last Will and Testament
- Revocable or Irrevocable Trust
- A Power of Attorney and General Procuration, and Medical Power of Attorney
- A Living Will
Our experienced Estate Planning attorneys can help you make the right decisions based on your goals and the current laws. We can also help you and your family manage probate, a legal process in which your will or the will of a loved is proved valid in court so that the estate may be settled.
The Importance of Estate Planning
When you hear about Estate Planning, you may think of it as something that only concerns older, wealthy people. However, estate planning plays a critical role in safeguarding you and your family, no matter your age or socioeconomic status. In fact, Estate Planning works best when you start early. Your concerns regarding the individuals who can make medical and financial decisions for you and preserving your property and assets for future generations are important at any stage of life, especially if children are involved. In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, these documents can help your family avoid the emotional and financial burden of making significant decisions for you and suffering through lengthy and expensive court proceedings.
Our Estate Planning Services
At Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, L.L.C. our attorneys have advanced training and experience in Estate Planning. We take pride in our commitment to providing specialized legal services with a personalized touch, and we prioritize client communication and attention to detail on every aspect of the estate planning processes. Call our New Orleans, LA office today at 504-582-1500 to schedule your estate planning or probate appointment.