Seattle and Tacoma Last Will & Testament Attorneys
Assisting you with important estate planning documents
Estate planning may involve many different types of legal documents, though two of the most important documents may be a last will and testament and a power of attorney.
At the Dickson Frohlich, we ensure that every estate plan includes these documents if necessary, and we know how to skillfully execute them.
IF YOU WISH TO CREATE A WILL OR POWER OF ATTORNEY, CALL ONE OF OUR OFFICES NOW AT (206) 621-1110 OR (253) 572-1000 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.
Drafting effective wills that will stand up in court
Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of a last will and testament, though many people may not realize how imperative having a will may be. A will may cover numerous important issues after your death, such as:
- Distribution of assets and property to intended beneficiaries.
- Naming a guardian to take care of your minor children.
- Naming a person to manage any assets or property left to minor children until they reach a certain age.
- Naming a person to serve as executor of the will, who you can trust to carry out your wishes as outlined in the will.
Because a will addresses many important matters, you want to make sure that yours is legally valid and thus the document must meet certain requirements. First, the will must be executed, signed, and witnessed in accordance with Washington state law1. Your will must also be properly amended if you decide to change any of the terms at a later date. Furthermore, it should be clear that you made all of the decisions in your will with a sound mind and that you were not the victim of undue influence or other coercion.
A probate court will examine your will closely, especially if any objections are made, and you want to be sure your will is skillfully drafted in a manner that will stand up in court.
Helping with Power of Attorney decisions
Another important estate planning document is the power of attorney2. This document authorizes a person of your choosing to act on your behalf in conducting financial matters, signing papers, making health care decisions, or overseeing your other affairs.
Though a power of attorney may be a non-lawyer or a lawyer, you must designate this individual separate from any existing representation agreements you have with an attorney for handling legal matters. This document is highly important should you become temporarily or permanently disabled or incapacitated.
Contact a Seattle and Tacoma estate planning lawyer for a free consultation
The experienced estate planning attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich in Seattle and Tacoma know how to draft important documents so that your intentions are protected after your death.
WE OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS, SO PLEASE CALL US AT (206) 621-1110 OR (253) 572-1000 FOR ASSISTANCE.