End of Life Documents

Power of Attorney – Health Care Proxy – Irrevocable Trusts – Probate

You should consider updating your will any time you or your family members experience a major life change. A major life change can include an event like the birth of a new child, but it can also include any meaningful, long-term change to a relationship that could affect estate planning after your passing.

Reasons for Will Changes

  • Marriage or divorce
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Death of a family member or beneficiary
  • Changes in federal estate tax laws or other state tax laws
  • Substantial changes in the value of your estate
  • Any changes in the nature of your property holdings. For example, your will may leave the farm to your son, and the ranch to your daughter, and half of the balance to your son and daughter. If you then sell the farm, your daughter will be left with more (the whole ranch plus one half of everything else) than your son (who would get only one half of the balance).
  • A guardian, executor, or trustee moves away, dies, or is no longer willing or able to serve;
  • Your children are no longer minors, or are old enough to handle financial matters on their own;
  • You move to another state; or,
  • You wish to eliminate gifts to certain beneficiaries.

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Hiring a lawyer during this time may seem unnecessary or too costly, especially if it is an uncontested divorce.
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