When it comes to securing your legacy and maximizing the wealth you leave behind to your loved ones, you will want to work with an estate planning attorney you can trust. Attorney Brown has nearly two decades of experience helping her clients navigate complex legal matters, providing relentless advocacy, and creative solutions. She stands out as one of the top African American estate planning attorneys in Houston, TX.
What is Comprehensive Estate Planning?
When planning for your future, you will want to do much more than simply draft a will. While a will can ultimately determine how your assets are divided there are many other factors to consider. For instance, if you leave your belongings to your family in a will they will most likely have to enter into probate.
The probate process can be long, drawn-out, and expensive. By making the choice to thoughtfully plan your estate you can help to maximize the assets you leave your family by leaving your assets behind in a living trust. This is just one of several probate avoidance techniques Attorney Brown can discuss with you.
Working with an estate planning attorney can also help you to develop tax strategies to save your money now and once you have passed away. This means giving your loved ones more of what you leave behind by minimizing how much they will need to pay in taxes.
In addition to these great things, working with an attorney can help you to come up with a late-life care plan for yourself. This can help to ensure you are protected if you become unable to care for yourself down the road, offering you peace of mind.
Assigning a Power of Attorney
If you were to become ill, injured, disabled, or incapacitated in some serious manner, you will want to have assigned someone you trust to act as your power of attorney.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the legal power to act on your behalf. The person appointed in the power of attorney document is called the agent. The person who signs a power of attorney making someone else their agent is called the principal. A person does not have to be a lawyer to be appointed an agent.
What are the types of powers of attorney?
- General power of attorney: A general power of attorney gives the agent the authority to act in a broad range of matters. A general power of attorney ends if the principal becomes mentally or physically disabled or incapacitated.
- Limited or special power of attorney: A limited or special power of attorney gives the agent the authority to handle a specific matter or for a limited period of time.
- Durable power of attorney: A durable power of attorney is a general power of attorney but continues if the principal becomes mentally or physically disabled or incapacitated.
- Springing power of attorney: A springing power of attorney gives the agent authority only if and when the principal becomes disabled or incapacitated.
- Medical power of attorney: A medical power of attorney gives the agent the authority to make medical treatment decisions for you if you come mentally or physically unable to make your own decisions.
At Brown Law PLLC, our legal team specializes in providing a full range of estate planning services for every client we work with. We also offer tax advice and help them find solutions when it comes time to begin thinking about their future retirement living arrangements. Our goal is to help keep the power of your future in your hands by letting you plan for accommodations that suit your personal and family financial needs.
Don’t wait until it is too late to take charge of your future. We are here to help you consider and weigh your options to leave a legacy that resonates with the life you have lived. If you are ready to take the next step and start planning for your future, reach out to our law firm today.
Black Probate and Estate Planning Attorney
With nearly two decades of experience, Principal Attorney Christy K. Brown is a No-Nonsense, Forward-Thinking, and Result-Oriented probate, estate planning, and business lawyer, and she’s committed to handling each of her clients’ concerns equally, creatively, relentlessly, and in a personal way from the first meeting. Schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation today to learn more about how we can help you through the probate process.