Who will inherit your assets when you pass on? Let the Law Office of James F. Kajtoch assist you in planning for your future. We can help determine whether a will or a living trust would be more beneficial and help you navigate through the confusing web of estate taxes. We can help keep what is yours within the parameters you set.
Do you want to create a trust and need assistance with the timeline and pre-planning to eliminate sibling rivalry? You can get help from the Law Office of James F. Kajtoch. Payment is made at the signing of half the fees from the time you get the paperwork, with the remaining due upon the completion of the trust. After signing, you will receive a draft within one week.
Wills and Trusts
The decisions you make today regarding your last will and testament will make your loved ones’ lives easier tomorrow.
Your will is a legal document that provides instructions for distributing all of your possessions after your death. An executor—whom you have named—files a death certificate and petitions the probate court to begin the probate process. Your executor is authorized to make decisions with court oversight and distribute assets according to your wishes as you have laid them out in your will. Your executor resolves disputes that may arise concerning the distribution of your assets. Even with a will, the probate process can be expensive and take many months to complete. You can get help from our attorneys to discuss if a will is the best solution for your circumstances or whether you should consider a living trust.
A Living Trust
A living will—also known as an advanced healthcare directive to physicians—is a legal directive that allows your wishes to determine your end-of-life care. It is used if you are unable to communicate with loved ones or physicians. It enables you to issue “do not resuscitate (DNR)” orders to physicians in circumstances where you will not be able to go back to wellness. You can also use a living will to inform caregivers that you want your physician to administer palliative care—to ease pain and suffering—under the circumstance where you cannot communicate that to a physician. The Law Office of James F. Kajtoch can help you with the legal proceedings of writing a living will.
Have you been named the executor of an estate, also known as a “personal representative”? As an executor, you will have to settle the affairs of the deceased individual, usually under the supervision of the court. You don’t just transfer belongings and assets to the deceased person’s beneficiaries; you’ll also have to settle the deceased person’s debts. A decedent’s estate is inventoried, outstanding debts are paid, and beneficiaries of the estate are verified. Then, the net assets from the estate are distributed. Many people pass away “intestate,” meaning without a will. In those cases, the probate court appoints someone to decide how to allocate their cash, assets, and other property. Even those with a will come under probate court jurisdiction and have their inventory and distribution of possessions overseen by the probate court. This process can be straightforward or complicated, but even a small estate can appear daunting if you’ve never gone through the probate process before. Law Office of James F. Kajtoch can provide you with the necessary guidance and representation to ensure that your loved one’s wishes are honored.
Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on behalf of someone in personal, business, or legal matters. Lawyers specializing in drafting Power of Attorney documents will ensure that the person you are entrusting decision-making authority is a good fit for your wishes and desires. When you grant someone the authority to make legal decisions on your behalf, you’ll want an experienced attorney to draft a document that will hold up in court if challenged. With the Law Office of James F. Kajtoch, you can simplify the process by getting advice on the powers that should be delegated, assistance choosing the agent, and help to inform the agent of their obligations and responsibilities.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you become disabled or unable to make your own medical decisions? You’re not alone. Many people have strong feelings about end-of-life options like organ donation and artificial life support. All 50 states have legislation that allows residents to create “advance directives” in such instances.
Advance directives, often known as “healthcare directives,” allow you to make decisions regarding potential medical and end-of-life treatments. Advance directives also allow you to choose a healthcare proxy to make decisions on your behalf. James F. Kajtoch can offer legal assistance on healthcare directives and guide you through the process.
As your trust administrator, we will be in charge of the assets in your trust. We will act as your trust administrator to distribute the assets according to your will after aiding you with the legal procedures regarding property ownership and supporting you in establishing your trust. Get in touch with the Law Office of James F. Kajtoch to know how you can secure your assets.