Daphne Estate Planning Lawyer Helping Clients Plan For The Future
Many people worry what will happen to their family after they are gone? Who will care for their minor children? What will happen to their home, their family heirlooms and other personal effects?
At Patrick Collins, LLC, we help clients in Daphne, in Fairhope and throughout Alabama’s Eastern Shore create estate plans that protect their assets and their families and providing them with peace of mind.
We understand the personal nature of estate planning. Our promise to you: We will work with compassion, provide you with ethical advice, and always respect for your values and beliefs.
Wills And Estates
Every family is different, and so is every estate plan. When drafting your last will and testament, we want to know what is important to you. Together, we will create an estate plan that fits your family’s unique needs, addresses your concerns and respects your religious beliefs.
Common estate planning tools include:
- Wills and trusts — A will allows you to designate who gets what after you pass away. A testamentary trust will allow you to provide for minor children.
- Financial powers of attorney — These documents can help ensure your financial affairs are handled when you are no longer able to manage them yourself.
- Medical powers of attorney — These tools allow you to communicate your wishes regarding emergency care.
- Advance directives — These ensure your final wishes regarding end-of-life health care are clearly known.
Alabama’s probate process can be complex, time-consuming and expensive. Creating an estate plan can help remove assets from probate and streamline the process.
If you were named personal representative, or executor, of a loved one’s estate, you have many duties such as identifying heirs, documenting all of the estate’s assets and paying creditors. Fulfilling these duties can feel like a full-time job. Many executors become overwhelmed, unsure of the steps they need to take.
Our firm will walk you through the probate process. Lawyer Patrick Collins has 30 years of legal experience. He knows how to make probate administration as efficient as possible.