Basic estate planning is your responsibility to those who survive you. It’s not terribly complicated, but the potential consequences of “getting it wrong” are dire. And given the assets that many accumulate over a productive lifetime, the logistics and the tax consequences can be incredibly costly to your descendants if your estate plan is not done right in the first place. The basics are a will, a general durable power of attorney, and an advance directive. In order to ensure the successful implementation of an estate plan, consideration must also be given to correct titling of assets, and to clear designation of beneficiaries. In appropriate cases, one or more trusts may be indicated. Except in the case of an extremely simple estate, it is usually wise for the estate planning attorney and the client to consider the input of the client's accountant and/or other relevant financial professionals. Careful consideration should also be given to how the estate will be administered after your death. Thoughtful estate planning can save your family a great amount of money, and a significant amount of work during a very difficult time.
Attorneys Experienced in Wills & Trusts
Mark practices as an attorney and teaches law at Vermont colleges. Mark is experienced in Administrative, Business, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense, Education, Family, Government, International, Non-Profit, Probate & Trust Administration, Professional Licensing and Wills & Trusts.
Andy practices law and serves on multiple Chittenden County planning commissions. Andy is experienced in Administrative, Appeals, Arbitration/Mediation, Business, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Government, Probate & Trust Administration, Wills & Trusts, Wrongful Termination/Employment, Telecommunications and Zoning & Land Use.