Tri-Cities Estate Planning Attorneys

At Preszler & Bunch, PLLC, estate planning is an important part of our practice.

Estate planning can be confusing, and in order to understand how it all fits together, our experienced lawyers are available to provide you legal advice tailored specifically to your needs, as there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to your personal estate planning matters and family needs. If your estate plan is outdated, or if you've been putting off making a plan altogether, breathe easy, the process is not as daunting as you may have imagined. We're happy to walk you through it, step by step. This includes issues related to:

Durable Power Of Attorney

This document allows someone else to make decisions for you and access critical information necessary to assist with all decisions It is important that this document clearly states that the authorized person have access to the grantor's medical records even though HIPAA would otherwise prevent access. Typically, your spouse is named and if your spouse is not available, an alternate individual may be named.

Directive To Physicians

Typically, this is a document telling your health care providers how you would like to be treated if you are unable to physically explain it to them. It is much better that you leave a written document explaining your desires instead of leaving it up to family members to guess what you wanted or to disagree on how this should be handled.

Community Property Agreement

By having a community property agreement, a married couple declares that each of them agrees that it makes no difference how they acquired their assets; they declare all their assets to be community assets and request that their surviving spouse receive them as his or her own totally.

Trusts

We can help you set up a revocable or irrevocable trust to help you ideally administer assets. A trust may not be applicable, but it may save thousands of dollars and help you avoid probate.

Will

Typically, this is the centerpiece of an estate plan. This document provides for the following:

  1. Who will administer your estate
  2. Who receives your assets
  3. How your assets are to be distributed, outright or in trust
  4. Who will be the guardian of your minor children
  5. Funeral directions

To get in touch and schedule an initial consultation to discuss wills and trusts or other issues with our Kennewick, Washington, estate planning attorneys, call 509-591-9972 or email Preszler & Bunch, PLLC.