Estate planning doesn’t have to be hard, and we can help.
Attorney Joel Beck
Estate Planning Lawyers in Lawrenceville, GA
According to a 2019 report published by Merrill Lynch (“Finances in Retirement: New Challenges, New Solutions”), only 55% of adults 55+ had a Will (but an estimated 23% of those were out of date, and that’s problematic too!). Fewer people had an advance directive for healthcare (41% had this). And fewer had in place a power of attorney (33% had this). The report notes that only 18% of respondents had all three of these foundational and essential documents in place. This last statistic is worth repeating: just 18% of those 55 and older have the recommended essentials of a will, a healthcare directive, and a durable power of attorney. These are the three foundational planning tools in Georgia, and every adult ought to have these in place to ensure that their wishes are recorded and followed, and that their family is protected.
If you are not in that 18% demographic, not only are your wishes not legally documented, but your family may likely be left in a difficult and stressful situation caused by the lack of planning.The good news is this:Estate planning doesn’t have to be hard, and we can help.
Some people think that they have to have it all figured out before they take any action. The result is that they deprive themselves, and their family, of peace of mind. And, should something tragic happen, the result is often a higher level of stress, more costly expenses, and regret that proper planning was not done.That’s really not a good alternative.
The Beck Law Firm provides estate planning services designed to meet the needs of individuals and families. Basic planning documents typically include a Last Will and Testament, an Advance Directive for Healthcare (Georgia’s living will), and a Durable Power of Attorney. Other planning tools can be used where appropriate, including Revocable Living Trusts. Following a detailed interview with you, we can draft the necessary documents to meet your needs. We provide these services on a fixed-fee basis so that you know with certainty what your cost will be to complete this important work.
If you have questions about how to get your estate plan together, know you’re not alone. We’ve got some free information we can share with you about estate planning that will answer a lot of the frequently asked questions, as well as a lot of the “should ask” questions. You can request that free information here on our website, and you can also check out the videos linked to below. But also know that we’re here to help, and don’t use your questions as an excuse not to start to get things done, as both you and your loved ones deserve better. Finally, know this: estate planning is probably not near as scary and hard as you think it is, especially when you work with an experienced planning attorney.
So, give us a call or fill out a contact form on our website and let us know how we can be of help to you. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your loved ones.
To help you understand the basics of several common estate planning tools – a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and the Advance Directive for Healthcare – Joel has created these short, informational videos:
Don’t let your questions about estate planning stop you from getting the basics done, and putting a plan in place. You don’t have to know all of the answers to start working with us; we’ll help you navigate the decision points that need to be made, and help you understand your options. Contact us today to learn about how easy estate planning can be.