An Estate Plan Is One Of The Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Family
I am James T. Jordan, Attorney At Law. As a Salem estate planning attorney with nearly 15 years of experience, I am firmly convinced that creating an estate plan is one of the very best things you can do for your family. It will ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you pass on. It will also save them considerable time, expense and frustration.
Planning and preparing ahead of time is far less costly than having to file with the court. Don’t wait until it’s too late; if you pass away without a will, or if one of your beneficiaries is a minor, the legal process can be very expensive and drag on for years.
Drafting The Documents You Need
Every person’s desires and situation is different, so I tailor my estate plans to meet each client’s particular needs and goals. Here are a few common estate planning tools:
- Wills and trusts — Decide ahead of time which people or charities will inherit your assets, choose guardians for your minor children and more.
- Powers of attorney — Designate a trusted individual to make decisions and act on your behalf if you ever become incapacitated.
- Advance medical directives — Lay out your wishes in regard to end-of-life care and medical treatment.
- Guardianships and conservatorships — Become a guardian or conservator of a child with special needs, an aging parent or another individual who does not have the capacity to make decisions on his or her own.
If you have email, I can send a draft of your documents to you online so that you can review them prior to coming in to my office to sign. This gives you a chance to ask questions and make sure you feel comfortable with the estate plan I create.
In addition to drafting and updating estate planning documents, I also offer a variety of probate and estate administration services.