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Estate Planning

The task of drafting your last wishes is hard to think about, but at the Evans Law Firm, our San Francisco estate planning lawyers want to make it easy for you. We work hard to ensure that all your needs and wants will be handled in the way you want them. Planning for your estate should celebrate all the people and things you love in your life, and you want to make sure that your love and care continues even after you are gone.

At the Evans Law Firm, we look at all the important things when it comes to planning your estate and getting your affairs in order. No matter how difficult the topic, we know how important it is to make sure that we have covered everything—from who would take care of your children in your absence, to where your beloved pet will live, to the division of your assets and your possessions, to how you will be taken care of should you suffer from an unexpected illness or decline in health.

About Our Estate Planning Packages

Estate planning can be a complex project to tackle, but is often beneficial and conducive to providing security for relatives and loved ones. In addition, estate planning establishes measures and guidelines to ensure that your affairs are treated adequately should you become incapacitated. A California estate planning lawyer from the Evans Law Firm has the experience to help you with this complex process. Our estate planning packages also include a Power of Attorney so that you can appoint somebody to handle your financial affairs in the event of incapacity and a Durable Healthcare Directive so that you can appoint somebody to handle your medical decisions in the event of incapacity.

The Evans Law Firm offers the following estate planning packages:

BASIC WILL PACKAGE: $1500 Individual; $2500 Couple

This package includes:

  • Legal Counseling:The package provides access to an experienced legal expert who can address issues or concerns you may have about estate planning.
  • Last Will & Testament:This aspect offers the settlor help in preparing a last will and testament. This aspect of a testamentary will gives the living settlor control over gifts and donations, as well as fulfilling ordinary will and testamentary purposes.
  • Durable Power of Attorney:This allows the settlor to appoint a person to act in his or her place to make medical, financial, legal, or other decisions should the settlor become incapacitated.
  • Advance Health Care Directive & HIPAA Authorizations:Similar to the Durable Power of Attorney, this allows the settlor to appoint a person to make medical decisions on his or her behalf.
  • Nominations of Conservator:Nominations of conservator allow the settlor to preemptively decide who should care for the settlor and his or her assets in case of incapacity. In California, appointing a conservator requires a court order. This package will assist the settlor with that and other legal procedures.

LIVING TRUST PACKAGE: $2500 Individual; $3500 Couple

This package includes:

  • Legal Counseling: The package provides access to an experienced legal expert who can address issues or concerns you may have about estate planning.
  • Last Will & Testament: This aspect offers the settlor help in preparing a last will and testament. This aspect of a testamentary will gives the living settlor control over gifts and donations, as well as fulfilling ordinary will and testamentary purposes.
  • Durable Power of Attorney: This allows the settlor to appoint a person to act in his or her place to make medical, financial, legal, or other decisions should the settlor become incapacitated.
  • Advance Health Care Directive & HIPAA Authorizations: Similar to the Durable Power of Attorney, this allows the settlor to appoint a person to make medical decisions on his or her behalf.
  • Nominations of Conservator: Nominations of conservator allow the settlor to preemptively decide who should care for the settlor and his or her assets in case of incapacity. In California, appointing a conservator requires a court order. This package will assist the settlor with that and other legal procedures.
  • Revocable Living Trust & Related Documents: A revocable trust means the trust and property in the trust can be freely modified by the settlor at any time. It also means that the settlor has free access to the trust and property in it. A revocable trust becomes irrevocable upon the death of the settlor.

Establishing Healthcare Provisions

One of the most overlooked components of estate planning is the provisions necessary for long-term medical and healthcare, should you need it. Often, clients have considered who will receive their most prized possessions, how best to divide funds and other assets between children and family members, and who will take care of the house and estate. But they may not have considered the possibility that at some point, they may be unable, either mentally or physically, to make their own decisions, or may have to spend extended amounts of time in a hospital or hospice for care.

It is crucial to set aside time with a California estate planning attorney to discuss your long-term healthcare needs. You need to think about setting aside a fund for potential medical expenses, selecting a responsible and trustworthy person to serve as your power of attorney, and determine who your primary care physician should be in the event of medical emergency, temporary or permanent incapacity, or illness.

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