Bel Air, Dundalk & Towson Wills and Estate Planning Lawyer

Reasons to get your Will and Estate Planning affairs in order typically include:

  • need to make or update Wills, Powers-of-Attorney, Trusts;
  • declining health or a serious medical condition;
  • Relationship problems; Options and strategy to protect assets;
  • divorce or separation
  • death of a family member
  • need to make a deed change and other real estate concerns;
  • need help to probate an estate
  • need to sell an estate property (estate sales)
  • need to down-size
  • need legal advice and guidance to do things the right way
  • understanding inheritance, gift and estate taxes

Want to know what happens if a person dies without a Will?  Who gets what? Is inheritance different when there is no Will?  What will happen to your minor children or disabled dependent child or family member if both parent die? Who will take care of them, manage the money and so forth? Do you want to leave it to chance or set things up properly? Does one have to open or probate an Estate? Who should be the Personal Representative or Executor? What happens if the heirs disagree? How long does it take to probate an Estate?  The answer to many of these questions depends on the facts and circumstances. If you want a good answer and sound, practical advice to avoid expensive mistakes, delays and squabbling among heirs, consult with an estate planning or probate lawyer to help you with a roadmap for moving forward.

Most problems can be avoided through sensible planning.  “Planning” means getting your affairs in order before its too late!

A Will, Power of Attorney and other estate planning is essential to protect your assets and your loved ones. If you need an experienced estate planning attorney in Dundalk, Bel Air, Towson, Owings Mills, or Baltimore, ROB GOLDMAN LEGAL SOLUTIONS can provide you with sensible solutions at an affordable price and bring you “Peace of Mind.”

Typical basic documents include a Will, Durable General/Financial Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, and a Living Will. If you want to decide who should have access to your medical and financial information, inherit your property, manage your affairs and make decisions for you when you’re not able to, you need these documents. A review of Rob Goldman’s Preliminary Estate Planning Questionnaire will help you decide.

If you want to ensure the people you trust are appointed to serves as guardians of your minor children and manage your money for them as you wish, you need more than a basic Will, – you need trust provisions.

If you wish to reduce probate expenses and protect property from the claims of creditors, you need to plan to achieve this, – see our article: Risks to Consider in Trying to Avoid Probate. We specialize in probating estates as quickly as possible. Oftentimes, it is wise also to make a deed change for your real property.  Deed changes are best done by an estate planning lawyer rather than a real estate lawyer because you are not simply adding or changing a name, – you are making a decision regarding how and to whom that property will be controlled during your lifetime and distributed after your death, and there may be other possible legal consequences you may not be aware of. For more information, please review our article titled: “10 Reasons For a Deed Change

As a practical matter, most legal issues that impact your finances and property one way or another should be considered in the context of estate planning and asset protection. Our articles and FAQs in our other practice areas may also be helpful in this regard. Please visit our Learning Center for additional information.

Advance planning is also about consideration and respect. The people that love and care about you should not, in a time of crisis, have to struggle to obtain access to your information, worry about running to lawyers or the courts to obtain the legal authority they need to help you. Estate planning is the way for you to think through what you want, authorize the people you feel most comfortable with to act on your behalf when you are not able to, and experience the Peace of Mind of knowing that you’ve taken care of some very important business. Advance planning can also eliminate squabbling among those who want to help.

Protecting one’s assets and providing for loved ones requires planning and understanding of how the law works. Important planning considerations include:

  • Wills
  • Living Wills
  • Powers-of-Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Education Trusts
  • Support Trusts
  • Probate Avoidance
  • Deed Changes
  • Estate tax avoidance or reduction
  • Estate Administration
  • Family Trusts to care for minors & dependant adults
  • Orderly administration & distribution of assets
  • Alternatives to long-term nursing home care
  • Long-term care eligibility
  • Protecting the community spouse
  • Avoiding personal liability under nursing home contracts
  • Protecting assets & income against nursing home costs