Whether you are in your golden years or your salad days, having an estate plan in place means that you and your family will be prepared in the event of a death or incapacitation. Estate planning involves making decisions not only about how your assets will be distributed among your beneficiaries, but also about how family members and medical professionals should address sensitive medical issues if you are disabled and cannot express your wishes. A dedicated Indiana estate planning attorney can assist you in making optimal use of the legal tools available to you and help secure your peace of mind where important end-of-life decisions are concerned.
Indiana Estate Planning Lawyers
At Dillman, Chastain, Byrd, LLC, we can advise you on how to keep your wealth intact for posterity and help ensure that your wishes about end-of-life care are honored. Our services include:
- Powers of Attorney
- Advance Medical Directives
- Tax Planning and Saving
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Asset Distribution
- Contested Wills
Schedule an appointment with an experienced Indiana estate planning attorney as soon as possible to get started on protecting your rights and assets.
Implementing a Strategy That Works for You
At the core of most estate plans is either a will or a trust. Wills are ideal for families with smaller or less complicated estates, and they are generally more affordable to establish than trusts. Trusts are not required to go through probate and are far more versatile than wills. If your family has substantial assets, a trust may be preferable to a will when it comes to managing and distributing your wealth. During our initial consultation, we can discuss the differences between wills and trusts and which might be a better fit for your needs.
Medical Directives and End of Life Care
Besides asset management, a thorough estate plan provides for the possibility of disablement or incapacitation. An estate planning attorney can help you be sure that your voice is heard when it comes to related medical issues such as:
- The Need for Resuscitation
- Use of a Mechanical Ventilator
- Assistance with Nutrition or Hydration
We can provide you with the information you need regarding living wills, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives. We can help you preserve your dignity and safeguard your rights in the event of a tragedy. At Dillman, Chastain, Byrd, LLC, we have over 60 years of combined experience in helping put Indiana families at ease about the future.