Wills and Estate Planning
Delaware Wills and Estate Planning Attorneys
The first thing that comes to mind when we think about estate planning is the drafting of a last will and testament. Having this document in place is the first step for all individuals and their families regardless of the value of assets accumulated or the age and health of the person creating the will.
Protecting Your Assets and Avoiding Family Disputes
Drafting a will can offer you significant peace of mind for you as it assures you that your wishes will be carried out after your passing. For many Delaware residents, the most important reason for creating a will is to do everything possible to protect assets and provide for loved ones. Another important factor is making sure your wishes are clear in order to avoid family conflict, misunderstandings or strife.
At the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay, our estate planning attorneys have assisted many people, in a full range of circumstances, with the drafting of sound wills that make their intentions clear, straightforward and legally enforceable. Our experience includes serving the needs of:
- Married couples and individuals looking to provide for the futures of their young children
- Older people who have health concerns or whose financial or life circumstances have changed, creating a need for revisions to their will, trusts, health care directives or other existing estate documents
- Individuals and families across the economic spectrum with a full range of unique estate planning needs
Drafting Wills That Account for All Contingencies
When it comes to estate planning, experience counts. Our attorneys will assist you with all aspects of drafting your will and other important estate planning documents. In addition, we offer the care, client service and personal attention you need to achieve your goals. The last thing you want is for your survivors to fight amongst themselves, spending time and money in court arguing over the terms of your will and the nature of your last intentions. We will ensure that your intentions are made very clear. As your estate planning attorneys, we will also guard against the possibility that anyone will raise a challenge to, or contest, your will.
Whether you need a basic will and power of attorney or you have more complex needs such as the creation of a trust, please do not hesitate to contact the Delaware estate planning attorneys at the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay located in Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington, Delaware. We care about your specific needs and work hard to deliver the best available solutions with maximum cost-effectiveness for you.
What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?
Something that is typically handled at the same time that a will is prepared is called an advance healthcare directive. Some people refer to it as a living will.
Like a will, an advance healthcare directive is really important. It designates who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make your own. It also designates what your personal wishes are related to your health care should you not be able to state them yourself. In Delaware, the form is set by statute and is very specific about the level of care you wish. It includes general things like whether you want your life prolonged as long as possible no matter what or if you don’t want it prolonged once you have a terminal condition with no hope of recovery. It also includes specific things like whether you want relief from pain, artificial nutrition, and breathing machines.
Many people don’t have an advanced health care directive because they don’t want to think about death or dying – and that is totally understandable. There are also people that think they can put off stating their wishes until some other day. But here’s the deal – life doesn’t work that way. Accidents happen every day and sometimes there is no warning. If there is no health care directive in place, your loved ones will be left to wonder what your wishes are.
Some people say – “my family knows I don’t want my life prolonged” but what if there’s a disagreement within the family? One person says you want to be prolonged and another says you don’t? It’s a terrible situation – and it happens.
We are trying to reach those people that know what their wishes are but haven’t put them in writing. We will be glad to sit down with you and create this document so that you know your loved ones will know what to do.
If you need to start your estate planning or update what you have, we would like to meet with you in person to discuss your options. To schedule a consultation at our Georgetown office, please call 302-855-9300 or fill out the contact form on this site. We also have offices in Dover and Wilmington to serve all of Delaware. For Dover or Wilmington please call 302-697-2499.