Whether you have a complex portfolio of assets or you own limited property, estate planning is still an important consideration. When someone passes away, the estate will often go through a process known as “probate” or “estate administration.” If you are involved in either of these processes, you need guidance and representation from a qualified attorney. Fleurinord Law PLLC offers customized estate planning and probate services to all clients in Houston, Texas, Aventura, Florida, and the surrounding areas.
Estate Planning Attorney in Houston TX and Aventura FL
About Estate Planning
For the purpose of estate planning, your “estate” includes all of your property, including your bank accounts, investments, life insurance policies, real estate, cars, and personal items. The goal of estate planning is to conserve as much of your wealth as possible while also providing instructions for the distribution of your assets.
Wills and Trusts
Two of the most common tools used to create an estate plan are wills and trusts. A will is a legal document used to leave instructions for how your estate will be managed after your death. You can also use this document to declare a guardian for any minor children or dependents you are leaving behind.
A trust is an arrangement that allows you to avoid probate, protect your privacy, and protect your assets. Under this arrangement, you will transfer property to a trustee for the benefit of designated individuals.
Your doctors and loved ones need to have a copy of your advance directives when you’re hospitalized so they know your wishes. It’s impossible to predict emergencies, and it’s impractical to carry around a pile of papers all the time. If your advance directives are unavailable, your loved ones may argue or leave your side to search for them.
We want to make sure stressful hospital visits go as smoothly as possible for you and your loved ones. That’s why you’ll receive a complimentary DocuBank membership when you complete your estate plan at Fleurinord Law, PLLC. This unique service lets your family and doctors immediately access your advance directives right from the hospital.
Carry Your Documents Right in Your Wallet
Your DocuBank Emergency Card is the key to accessing your advance directives. Simply keep it in your wallet and your documents are right there with you! Your card lets you, your loved ones, or the hospital staff immediately get a copy of your documents by fax or the internet—24 hours a day.
That means that your loved ones will know your wishes and won’t have to argue over who should make decisions and what you’d want.
Our firm can help you create an estate plan that meets your needs, whether you want a simple will or both a will and trust. Please contact our office today to learn more or to make an appointment.