Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you are planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Leslie R. Bottimore at Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate: We strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones.
Drafting Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, and Living Will
A Will is essential at every stage of your life. A Power of Attorney sets the parameters for medical intervention if you become incapacitated. This ensures that, when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. A Living Will is your directive to your physicians (your Advanced Directives) in the event of a terminal illness.
Your Will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A Will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative — such as a domestic partner, a friend, or a charity. If you die without a Will, then the State determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children, and even what happens to your pets – making decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. can draft valid Wills to ensure that your intentions are honored.
Changing your Will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You might need to update your Will throughout your life. Leslie R. Bottimore updates Wills to address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests, and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of Guardianship
If you have minor children, your Will enables you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a Guardian, the court will appoint a Guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your Will, including naming a Guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Contact an Estate Planning law firm you can trust today
For estate-planning services in Tacoma, Washington, call Bottimore & Associates, P.L.L.C. today at 253.272.5653 to schedule a consultation, or contact us online.