Estate Planning and Litigation

Consult With a Modesto Estate Planning Lawyer From Our Firm

Far too many people do not have an estate plan in place. Preparing for death or incapacity is not something people like to think about. Although it is a difficult subject to think about, there are several questions you should ask yourself. Who will take care of my finances if I am unable to? Who will make my healthcare decisions if I cannot? Do they currently have the authority to make decisions on my behalf? What will happen to my assets after I pass away? Who do I want to give my things to? Who do I want to put in charge of that? These are just a few questions that you should be asking yourself. A Modesto estate planning lawyer at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger is prepared to assist you in developing an estate plan that suits your needs.

What Is Estate Planning?

Generally, estate planning is a process that an individual goes through when planning for death or incapacity. The individual determines who will make certain medical and financial decisions on their behalf and then grants them the legal authority to make those decisions. The individual also decides what will happen to their assets after they become incapacitated or pass away. There are several benefits to creating an estate plan including possible tax benefits, privacy, and peace of mind knowing that decisions will be made based on your intentions. Estate plans differ, so it is important that you speak with a Modesto estate planning attorney that is familiar with current laws surrounding trusts and estates.

What Legal Documents Does an Estate Plan Consist Of?

The legal documents in an estate plan vary depending on the preferences and intentions of the individual creating the estate plan. The following is a list of some of the documents that we may recommend to be included in an estate plan:

  • Revocable Living Trust
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Pour Over Will
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Advance Health Care Directive
  • HIPAA Authorization

Our Firm’s Estate Planning Lawyer in Modesto

The estate planning attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger have knowledgeable and practical experience drafting estate plans. We keep current on the law surrounding estate planning and related tax law. We will work one to one with you to create an estate plan that addresses your concerns and parallels your intentions.

Call Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger when you need sound legal advice from an experienced estate planning lawyer in Modesto. To speak with an estate planning lawyer in Modesto about your particular circumstances, call (209) 522-2211 or contact us here.