Preserving your assets
Estate planning ensures that your wealth endures beyond your lifetime, and that it will enrich the lives of the ones you love, in exactly the way you would want. We can offer the right planning tools for your estate, no matter the value. And if you have children, we can help you create a plan that enables you to name a guardian for them if they are underage or have special needs, so as to ensure that your assets would be properly preserved for their future if you were to suddenly pass away or become disabled.
Administering Your Estate
If today was suddenly your last day on earth, would you feel secure in how your final affairs will be handled? We can offer you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your family will be taken care of as you would want them to be, even when you’re no longer with them. When you have a clear and solid plan in place for the future, you’re passing on far more than material worth. We will guide your executor through the succession process to ensure that your final wishes are carried out, and that your assets are properly distributed. Through this process, we can ensure that you are giving your loved ones the gift of freedom from worry, uncertainty, or added stress at an already difficult time.
Give your loved ones safety and security
A legal, comprehensive estate plan guarantees that you get to decide how your affairs will be handled, rather than allowing our “default” rules to make that determination. While the state’s criteria may not differ much from the way you would choose to divide assets, an estate plan removes any question that your loved ones will receive exactly what you intended for them and helps to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Estate Planning Steps
What Do I Need?
Estate planning can be as simple as creating a Last Will and Testament, outlining a health-care directive, and establishing power of attorney. It can also include more complex strategies such as a testamentary trust, a revocable probate-avoidance trust, an irrevocable asset protection trust, or other plan specifically suited to your needs. From death and disability to Medicaid and nursing home care, our estate planning services provide solutions to a wide range of circumstances, and we will work to create the best solution for you and your family.
Last Will and Testament
If you die without a Last Will and Testament in Louisiana, the state controls how your property is divided, regardless of your wishes or the needs of your loved ones. Protect yourself and the people you love by creating an estate plan that will outline exactly how you want your estate to be handled and how you wish for your assets to be distributed.
Health-Care Power of Attorney
With a Health-Care Power of Attorney, you can designate someone you trust to make your healthcare decisions for you in the event that you become unable to do so. In addition to having a Health-Care Power of Attorney, a Living Will ensures that your own wishes regarding end of life medical decisions are on record, so that your loved ones will honor those wishes when the time comes.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney document is used to authorize a person to act on your behalf. This relationship can be limited to specific situations or made permanent for someone who may require long-term assistance with financial decisions.
The Law Office of Julie R. Johnson strives to provide all the resources necessary to establish the financial security you and your loved ones deserve. We help you protect your assets through the use of trusts and other estate planning options, and guarantee control of the process by creating a legal “rulebook.” That “rulebook” permits your family to honor your wishes and handle your affairs if you are no longer able to, while avoiding unnecessary delays or court battles.