Battle Creek Estate Planning

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In Battle Creek, "estate planning" refers to all of the decisions affecting how a person's property is going to be disposed of after their death, as well as the process of implementing those decisions when the time comes.

The problems that estate planning raises are sometimes very confusing. Without competent legal and financial advice, many problems can pop up, which can easily throw your entire plan into disarray, and cost your survivors a great deal of time, energy, and money.

Estate planning can have many positive effects on the planner during life, as well. These benefits are typically somewhat intangible, revolving around the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, after your death, you family will be taken care of and that they'll know what your last wishes are. Nonetheless, most people find this very valuable. To that end, you should come up with a power-of-attorney agreement. When you grant someone power of attorney, you have given them the power to make specific decisions on your behalf. You can grant them as much or as little authority as you want. Most people, however, give family members or life partners power of attorney with respect to medical care, so if they become incapacitated, their wishes will still be carried out.

A skilled estate planner in Battle Creek can make the process of planning your estate go much more smoothly, and maximize the chances of your wishes directly being carried out with legal force.

Common Features of Battle Creek Estates

Will: Wills are a very important part of almost all estate plans. In simplest terms, it answers the question "who gets what after I die?" Usually, you can leave your property to anyone you wish. If you die without a will, your property will usually be given to your closest living relative (usually a spouse or child).

Living Will: This is a document which articulates your wishes concerning your medical care, to give instructions to your family and doctors in the event that you become incapacitated. While directly consulting it will hopefully never be necessary, one never knows - unexpected illnesses and injuries can happen to anyone, at any time. While making a living will might require a person to acknowledge the existence of some unpleasant possibilities, it can end up saving their loved ones a great deal of grief and uncertainty.

Power of Attorney: What if you become incapacitated, and can't make your own decisions? It would be nice if somebody knew what you would want in a given situation, and, on top of that, had the legal authority to make that decision for you. Power of attorney lets you do precisely that, granting a person of your choice the ability to make certain decisions for you, in case you, for whatever reason, can't (you can, of course, control the scope of power that you grant).

Funeral Arrangements: You should make it very clear to the people handling your funeral what type of funeral you want, and what you want done with your body. You should not put these instructions in your will, because wills are frequently not read until days or weeks after the testator dies, by which point it may be too late to give their wishes on this subject effect.

Do I Need a Battle Creek Estates Lawyer?

A poorly drafted or executed Battle Creek estate plan can have major negative consequences. For example, it might be confusing to the people who are most directly affected by it. This confusion can frequently lead to costly litigation. For that reason, the assistance of an efficient estate planning attorney can be invaluable.

Talk to a Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Attorney now!

Life in Battle Creek

Battle Creek is located in Calhoun County, Michigan. Per the 2010 census, 52,347 call people call Battle Creek home. The city's nickname is "Cereal City" because the Kellogg Company headquarters and corporate location of Post Cereals is in Battle Creek. Also, Battle Creek is the third largest city in Michigan, after Detroit and Grand Rapids.

The city's largest employers include Kellogg, Harte-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Denso, Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, the school district, ASMO Manufacturing, and the Michigan Air National Guard. To support these employers, as well as residents, Battle Creek is also home to law firms that train excellent attorneys who focus on providing the best legal services.

Some great sites to check out in Battle Creek is the Bailey Park C.O. Brown Stadium, Binder Park Zoo, Firekeepers Casino, Full Blast Outdoor Water Park, W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Kimball House Museum, Kingman Museum and Planetarium, Leila Arboretum, Linear Park, and Willard Beach and Park.

Overall, Battle Creek is a wonderful place to live and visit!

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