Dakota County Estate Planning Attorney
Protecting Your Assets for Future Generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law can help with all aspects of your estate plan, including:
- Advance directives (living wills)
- Estate tax issues
- Choosing the appropriate executor
- Guardianships and conservatorships
- Living trusts
- Wills drafting
Estate planning documents are extremely flexible and can be designed to fit your unique needs. Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law works closely with you to determine your goals and create precise instruments to carry out your intentions.
You’ve worked hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you great comfort.
We thoroughly analyze your estate and 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
What Does a Will Do?
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your advance directive (or living will) sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Common items in a will are:
- Guardianship appointments
- How you would like to divide your assets
- Real property transfers
- Instructions for care of a beloved family pet
- Any other instructions you believe are relevant
Your last 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, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires. Our estate planning attorney in Dakota County can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
Once a will is completed, you can modify it at any time to reflect your current situation. In fact, You should update your will periodically throughout your life. Our lawyer drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
An Estate Planning Firm You Can Trust
Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law in Hastings offers plenty of advice and guidance for clients looking to draft an estate plan. We can help you organize your items you wish to include and ensure nothing important gets left out.