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Helping You During a Trying Time
End of life can be a trying time for a family. Making important decisions about care and treatment during this profoundly emotional time can be stressful, to say the least. This is a meaningful statement only because we don’t always make great decisions when we are stressed or heavily (and emotionally) invested in those situations. What’s more, having to make end of life decisions in the moment means that you cannot focus on the most important part: spending time with your loved ones.
Estate planning and end of life planning are both ways that you can help ease this transition, both for yourself and for your loved ones. These aren’t always pleasant conversations, particularly when it comes to the intricacies of the law, but they are necessary. Including a legal advocate, such as the attorneys at Mallie Law Office, in the conversation can help you make sure that your decisions will stand the test of time.
Estate Planning Services Available in Brainerd and Little Falls
Mallie Law Office makes estate and end of life planning services available to all of our clients in the Brainerd and Little Falls areas of Minnesota. Our office covers the following areas:
- Wills: A will is a legally binding document, and in order to be most effective, the legality of that document must be without question. This means that, while there are plenty of “do-it-yourself” programs to write wills out there, it takes the trained and experienced eye of an attorney to identify potential holes or lapses in your will, especially if that will is contested or deals with complex financial or property assets. Emotions typically run high when a will is put into effect, and the best defense against any type of legal conflict is a will that is tightly binding. Wills should also be updated periodically in order to be most effective.
- Trusts: A trust is a little bit different from a will in that a trust is put into effect immediately. Essentially, a certain amount of assets are put into the trust, and then they are distributed—immediately or over time–based on the language of the trust agreement. In order to ensure that the trust operates as you wish it to—and is protected from loopholes or abuse—it is wise to enlist the help of an attorney in crafting your trust agreement.
- Healthcare Directives: When it comes to end of life care, your family may not share your desired wishes (especially if those wishes have not been made clear). Therefore, healthcare directives should be legally binding and legally sound documents, helping to ensure you get the end of life care you desire. This may be unique for each and every patient, and many hospitals and doctors will do everything they can to cover their own legal bases, and unless your healthcare directives are legally airtight, they may not be respected—depending on the situation. The attorneys at Mallie Law Office can help you create precise and demanding healthcare directives.
- Power of Attorney: In the course of your life, it’s possible that you may reach a point where you are not capable of making decisions for yourself, either due to old age or due to an accident or trauma of some kind. In those cases, someone will be elected to have “power of attorney” over you—in other words, that person will be able to make all legal decisions for you, such as where you live, what kind of medical care you receive and so on. In order to have control over who gets that power, many people will enlist the help of attorneys to draw up a power of attorney agreement.
Ensure Your Future with Estate Planning and End of Life Directives
Taking the time to make your estate planning and end of life directives iron clad is really about securing your future. It may not seem like a pleasant conversation to have, but many of our Brainerd and Little Falls area estate planning clients report feeling relieved and content after having gone through the process.
Protect your future today and contact Mallie Law Office.