Estate Planning

Protect Your Family and Your Assets

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We help our clients plan for their futures – both expected and unexpected. Our attorneys provide estate planning that protects our clients, their families, and their assets.

Many people believe that estate planning is only for the wealthy, or the sick and elderly. The truth is that any adult over the age of 18 can benefit from estate planning.

Here are some common benefits of a legally binding estate plan:

  • If you have minor children, an estate plan will allow you to name a guardian for them in the event you are unable to care for them.
  • If you are a college student, you can put into place a Power of Attorney and Advance Medical Directive so your parents can continue to assist you with your finances and medical care until such time that you are fully independent.
  • If you have recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or are scheduled for surgery, an Advanced Medical Directive and Living Will will advise your family of the medical decisions you would like made on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
estate planning

We help our clients plan for their futures – both expected and unexpected. Our attorneys provide estate planning that protects our clients, their families, and their assets.

Many people believe that estate planning is only for the wealthy, or the sick and elderly. The truth is that any adult over the age of 18 can benefit from estate planning.

Here are some common benefits of a legally binding estate plan:

  • If you have minor children, an estate plan will allow you to name a guardian for them in the event you are unable to care for them.
  • If you are a college student, you can put into place a Power of Attorney and Advance Medical Directive so your parents can continue to assist you with your finances and medical care until such time that you are fully independent.
  • If you have recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or are scheduled for surgery, an Advanced Medical Directive and Living Will will advise your family of the medical decisions you would like made on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
estate planning

At Jacobson Family Law, we offer the following foundational services:

Wills

A Will, (also called A Last Will and Testament), is a legal document that controls how your property is distributed after death. A Will allows you to prepare for the administration of your estate by naming a Personal Representative (sometimes known as an Executor) who will be responsible for paying your final debts and taxes as well as managing the distribution of your assets. Your Will can also name a guardian who will physically care for any under-age children.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney allows you to name another trusted individual to handle your financial affairs if and when you are unable to do so yourself. Your Power of Attorney can have extensive powers to make decisions on your behalf, or it can be limited in scope. Having a Power of Attorney is beneficial if you are ever seriously injured, declared legally incompetent, become ill, or are otherwise unable to make decisions for yourself. Without a Power of Attorney, your family may have to petition the court to appoint you guardian in order to handle your financial affairs.

Trusts

A Trust offers more flexibility than a Will and can be very important if you have young children. In a Trust, you name a Trustee who will be responsible for managing assets for your young children until they have reached a certain age (e.g., 25).

Advance Medical Directive

An Advance Medical Directive (also known Durable Medical Power of Attorney or Living Will) allows you to name another trusted individual to make medical decisions for you if and when you are unable to make them yourself. It also allows you to determine what, if any, life-sustaining procedures (such as machines and artificial nutrition) you would want administered or withheld. Without an Advance Medical Directive, your family must petition the court to be appointed as a guardian over you to make decisions for you which may not reflect your own wishes.

At Jacobson Family Law, we offer the following foundational services:

Wills

A Will, (also called A Last Will and Testament), is a legal document that controls how your property is distributed after death. A Will allows you to prepare for the administration of your estate by naming a Personal Representative (sometimes known as an Executor) who will be responsible for paying your final debts and taxes as well as managing the distribution of your assets. Your Will can also name a guardian who will physically care for any under-age children.

Trusts

A Trust offers more flexibility than a Will and can be very important if you have young children. In a Trust, you name a Trustee who will be responsible for managing assets for your young children until they have reached a certain age (e.g., 25).

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney allows you to name another trusted individual to handle your financial affairs if and when you are unable to do so yourself. Your Power of Attorney can have extensive powers to make decisions on your behalf, or it can be limited in scope. Having a Power of Attorney is beneficial if you are ever seriously injured, declared legally incompetent, become ill, or are otherwise unable to make decisions for yourself. Without a Power of Attorney, your family may have to petition the court to appoint you guardian in order to handle your financial affairs.

Advance Medical Directive

An Advance Medical Directive (also known Durable Medical Power of Attorney or Living Will) allows you to name another trusted individual to make medical decisions for you if and when you are unable to make them yourself. It also allows you to determine what, if any, life-sustaining procedures (such as machines and artificial nutrition) you would want administered or withheld. Without an Advance Medical Directive, your family must petition the court to be appointed as a guardian over you to make decisions for you which may not reflect your own wishes.

Learn More About What We Can Do For You.

Jacobson Family Law serves clients across Annapolis, Columbia, Ellicott City, Towson, Owings Mills, Baltimore, and Frederick. To speak to an attorney, call 443-917-1517 or schedule an appointment.