Experienced Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney Helping Mount Vernon Families Plan for the Future
Estate planning law covers a wide range of legal protections put in place to protect your health and assets. Whether you are young and just starting to plan your estate or you are the relative of someone who has recently passed responsible for executing their estate, we can help.
Wills and trusts are both used as asset management strategies both when one is alive and when one has passed away. Wills typically outline how assets should be distributed after the time of passing, whereas trusts may be established at any point. We help clients draft and amend both in order to ensure your finances and other resources are handled properly.
A power of attorney is a legally binding document that gives decision-making privileges to someone else on your behalf. These can be used to designate a spouse or other trusted family member to determine your healthcare in the event you cannot speak for yourself or to make vital financial decisions. We help our clients identify appropriate individuals and draft the proper documentation accordingly.
Guardianship is similar to a power of attorney, though it is typically reserved for people incapable of taking care of themselves, such as children or people with mental disabilities. We can help you designate a guardian for your child in the event of your death or make a case for guardianship for a parent with diminished mental ability.
When someone passes away, their estate must be assessed, executed, and closed. This process is called probate. The probate process differs depending on the presence or absence of a will, outstanding debts, beneficiaries, and more. If you need help initiating the process or are dealing with contestations from other parties, we can help you sort it all out legally during every step of the process.
Get Peace of Mind Today by Planning for Tomorrow
The best way to guarantee you and your family are taken care of in any situation is to plan ahead. Estate planning is an essential part of you managing your assets according to your wishes. Attorney Jayne Marsh Gilbert has extensive experience helping Skagit County families prepare for the uncertainties of the future.