It is never too early or too late to plan what will happen to your estate once you suffer an incapacitating injury or illness, or pass away. Estate planning limits the suffering and stress on your family in the days and weeks after your death, and you have peace of mind from knowing that you can take care of everyone you love even if you cannot be there.
Often, major life events trigger people to consider estate planning. If you recently got married, had a child, received a startling diagnosis, or retired, you may be looking into what you need to do to secure your family’s future. An estate planning attorney in Haddonfield at Bratton Scott can help. Call us today at 856-857-6007.
The Importance of Estate Planning
Estate planning calls for a few uncomfortable conversations and answering some tough questions. But this is time well-spent when you have the peace of mind of knowing your affairs are in order. When drafted by an estate planning attorney, wills and other documents ensure your assets go to your family or friends in the way you want them to.
It gives your executor legal authority to manage your estate, and even prevents losing assets to unnecessary taxation. If you have minor children, dependent family members, or adult children with special needs, having an estate plan in place ensures they remain safe, secure, and supported by those you choose to oversee their care.
By taking the time now to put an estate plan in place, you spare your family the expense, frustration, and drama of deciding how you would want things after your death. Comprehensive estate plans often prevent in-fighting among family members, and reduce the risk of litigation stemming from your estate.
Our attorneys, social workers, and entire legal team are knowledgeable about New Jersey estate planning laws, and can help you ensure your family carries out your wishes after your death. We work with families and estates of all shapes and sizes, including high-net worth estates and the LGBTQ community. Let us help you plan for emergencies, retirement, long-term care, and beyond.
We Offer a Wide Variety of Estate Planning Services
At Bratton Scott, our attorneys provide a full menu of estate planning services to ensure your family is taken care of if there is a medical emergency, financial crisis, or untimely death. We know these are not fun topics to discuss, but we greet each person who comes to our Haddonfield office with compassion and understanding. Our goal is to make sure you can provide for your family even when you cannot physically be there.
We craft wills, trusts, and other documents that meet your specific needs and wishes. We also discuss any tax implications or other financial pitfalls associated with your plan. Some of our most popular estate planning services include:
- Powers of attorney
- Healthcare powers of attorney
- High net worth estate planning
- Retirement planning
- Tax planning
- Planning for special needs family members
- Asset protection
We Can Help You Protect and Provide for Minor Children
Many people never consider estate planning until they have children. The sudden fear of what would happen to them after your death prompts you to action. Their safety and security is, rightfully, your top concern, and having a will or trust in place ensures they are well-cared for if something happens to you prematurely.
We offer compassionate guidance to help you understand your options for protecting your children’s financial security and well-being if you pass away unexpectedly or otherwise can no longer care for them.
We can create a will or trust that names guardians for your children and other fiduciaries as needed. This ensures the decisions about who raises your children will not fall on the courts if both parents pass away. While we hope you never need these documents, having them in place is the best way to protect your children’s future.
You Need a Trusted Lawyer for Your Haddonfield Estate Plan
Many people think they can create a will using an online form, a quick and simple DIY document that protects their assets and their family’s future. This is rarely a good idea because it is almost impossible to determine the best solutions for your family’s unique circumstances without understanding your individual needs and wishes for the future.
We can discuss your family, your circumstances, and your assets, and craft the right plan for you. By meeting with us now and letting us help you with your estate planning, we can prevent family disputes or litigation after you pass away.
We provide compassion and empathy while asking you the tough questions that allow us to ensure the plan we craft fits your family’s needs. When you know you have the right plan in place, it reduces stress and gives you peace of mind.
On the surface, estate planning seems simple. However, especially when you are not aware of all the laws that outline these procedures and dictate your outcomes, it is actually fairly complicated. There are a lot of things to consider, and you may not know where to even start.
No matter the size of your estate or your life stage, we can provide the guidance you need to ensure your affairs are in order. We also look closely at your estate to make sure you take advantage of every tax-reducing financial instrument available to you. This allows you to pass more assets on to your family.
Bratton Scott Offers Personalized Estate Planning Services You Can Rely On
Estate planning is not one-size-fits-all, and it is not a one-time event. Your estate plan will evolve as your life and family changes, and as New Jersey passes new laws that affect your plan. We can guide you through this process, ensuring you review your documents every few years and keep them up-to-date. Call us today at 856-857-6007. A member of the Bratton Scott legal team will help you schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.