If you are reading this, there is a good chance you recently got married, became a parent, retired, received a diagnosis of a serious medical condition, or went through another major life event. These types of events commonly push people to consider creating a will or engage in other estate planning tasks.
Many people think they are too young or do not have enough assets to invest in estate planning. In reality, there is no time too soon and no bank account too small to plan what happens to your family after you pass away. At Bratton Scott, an estate planning attorney in Cherry Hill can help you create an estate plan that meets your needs and focuses on your priorities.
For help with estate planning in Cherry Hill, call us today at 856-857-6007.
Why Is Estate Planning So Important?
Estate planning, when done with a competent estate planning attorney, provides for your family or friends and ensures your assets will go where you want them to after you pass away. This allows you to rest easy without worrying about whether your affairs are in order or wondering if your family will be OK without you if something happens. Our lawyers can draft wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents to meet your needs and priorities, and offer advice about the best way to protect your assets.
We understand that it is not an enjoyable experience to discuss your own death, but our team handles these discussions with empathy and compassion. We work closely with you to learn about what you hope to get from your estate plan, and how it fits with your other financial goals. Then, we can create a plan based on those priorities.
We can help you address complicated tax situations, create a trust, or simply ensure your chosen executor will have the legal authority to distribute your assets after your death. We also work with many families who need to provide for minor children, adult children with special needs, or other dependent family members, and can help you ensure there is a plan in place for their continued care.
We see too many families fracture because of the drama involved in sorting out an estate without a valid will. By investing in estate planning now, you can prevent this from happening to your family. A comprehensive estate plan created by a skilled estate planning lawyer greatly reduces the chances of estate litigation later on.
What Type of Cherry Hill Estate Planning Services Does Bratton Scott Offer?
The members of the Bratton Scott team pride ourselves on providing compassionate, caring services to every client and their family. These services include preparing a full range of estate planning legal documents that ensure your family is taken care of if you suffer an incapacitating medical emergency or pass away. This includes:
- Powers of attorney
- High net worth estate planning
- Retirement planning
- Tax planning
- Life Care planning
- Planning for minor children and special needs family members
- Asset protection
Our estate planning team includes attorneys, social workers, and coordinators who understand how important it is to you that your family is taken care of when you cannot be there yourself. We can craft wills and other estate planning documents to ensure your family carries out your wishes after your death. We also provide advice about avoiding excess tax implications and other similar financial issues.
Our clients vary almost as much as the estate plans we create for them. Whether you have a high amount of debt, a high-net worth estate, or come from an LGBTQ family, we are here to help.
How Can Bratton Scott Help Me Provide for My Minor Children?
It is a scary prospect, but many families do not have a contingency plan in place about what would happen to their minor children if both parents passed away. It is difficult to discuss, and even harder to talk about with a stranger. But having a will or trust in place to provide for your children’s safety and financial security is paramount.
Our legal team provides understanding and sympathetic guidance for parents creating an estate plan that provides provisions for their minor children or special needs adult dependents. We will help you identify potential guardians and ensure there is no question about who you select to care for your children or serve as fiduciaries. This is important, because if you do not have a plan in place a judge — a stranger who does not know you or your children — will likely decide who makes the decisions for their future and provides their care.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Cherry Hill Estate Plan?
Estate planning is rarely as simple as it seems. There are strict laws about almost every aspect of the process, from probate [link to What is Probate] to taxes. If you do not have an attorney who understands New Jersey’s estate laws on your side, you may go through the entire estate planning process only for your family to find your will does not hold up in court after your death. This is an instance of getting what you pay for, and you do not want to try to save money and do it on your own when it comes to your family’s future.
When you meet with our estate planning team, we take the time to learn more about your family and your financial situation, and use the knowledge we gather to put the right estate plan in place to meet your needs. We have the experience and skill to ask the right questions, and to listen carefully to understand your priorities. We craft the right plan for you, reducing family disputes later on, and giving you peace of mind.
Bratton Scott: Personalized Estate Planning Services for Every Family
We offer estate planning services to families of all shapes and sizes. Let us guide you through the estate planning process, and provide ongoing support to keep your plan up-to-date as you go through life stages and as your needs change. Call the Bratton Scott estate planning team today at 856-857-6007.