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When it comes to your future, establishing an estate plan can help you achieve your lifetime goals. From preserving your wealth, to providing for your loved ones, to planning for incapacity to avoiding probate, the best decision you can make to protect your interests is to consult an experienced estate planning attorney.

At Wiles Law Firm LLC, we design forward-looking estate planning strategies to clients from all walks of life in the Charleston area, including West Ashley, Summerville, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and John's Island. Our estate planning lawyers have working knowledge of the applicable trust and estate laws and an impeccable reputation for adhering to the highest ethical standards.

When you become our client, we will learn about your unique circumstances and tailor an estate plan to suit your objectives. Whether you need assistance planning a small estate, providing for a loved one with special needs, or designing a complex wealth preservation strategy, our experience will stand you in good stead for the future.

What type of estate planning documents do I need?

While many believe that estate planning is only for the wealthy, or for those who have children, we believe that every adult needs an estate plan that includes, at a minimum, a will, a durable power of attorney, and an advance medical directive. At the same time, our estate planning attorneys routinely draw up a variety of essential estate planning documents, including:

  • Last Will and Testament (Will) -- The most basic estate planning document, a will establishes how your assets will be managed and distributed after you pass away. Moreover, a will is the only way to designate a guardian for your children. If you fail to create a will, the probate court may intervene to make these determinations according to South Carolina’s intestacy laws.
  • Durable Power of Attorney -- This is a crucial document that will help to protect your assets in the event of incapacity by naming a trusted person, either a family member or trustworthy friend, to manage your personal and business affairs when you are unable to do so.
  • Advance Medical Directive -- Also referred to as a healthcare proxy, an advance medical directive is another important incapacity planning tool that names an agent to coordinate your preferred medical treatment with your doctor if you are unable to do so.
  • Revocable Living Trust-- This estate planning tool takes ownership of your property while also allowing you to manage it during your lifetime. One benefit of a living trust is that it avoids probate, since you no longer “own” the assets. Not only will this save time and money, a trust will also maintain the privacy of the financial arrangements. Nonetheless, a trust must go through an administrative phase to carry out the terms of the trust. In addition, a living trust can help to plan for incapacity and also minimize estate consequences, a particular concern for high-net-worth individuals.
  • Irrevocable Trust -- This estate planning tool can help you achieve objectives such as planning for long-term care, providing for a loved one with special needs, and protecting your assets from creditors’ claims. While an irrevocable trust also avoids probate, the former cannot be modified.
  • Living Will -- This is an important document that declares the type of end-of-life care you wish to receive or have withheld (e.g. feeding tube, ventilator) if you are terminally ill or incapacitated and cannot communicate your wishes.
  • Guardianships -- If you need to protect a loved one who is incapable of caring for him- or herself due to a serious injury, an incapacitating physical illness, or another medical condition, our estate planning lawyers can help you establish a legal guardianship.

The Benefits of Estate Planning

Let’s face it: confronting our own mortality is never easy, however, creating a well-conceived estate plan is a responsible way to plan for the expected and the unexpected. The most common estate planning mistake is not putting a will or trust in place. Remember: without an estate plan, the courts may designate an individual to make decisions about your assets that do not reflect your wishes.

When you work with our estate planning attorneys, you will have comfort knowing that your legacy will be preserved and your loved ones will be protected. Additionally, planning for incapacity through the use of powers of attorney and advance medical directives will relieve your loved ones of the burden of asking the court for the authority to assume these decision- making responsibilities. Moreover, if you wish to avoid probate and minimize estate taxes, we can help you establish a variety of trusts. Finally, we routinely design business succession plans for individuals and families with closely held businesses and professional practices.

Contact Our Charleston Estate Planning Attorney

At Wiles Law Firm, LLC, our practice is dedicated to helping our clients make the best decisions for their financial future. We believe there is no “one-size-fits-all plan” and will work closely with you to achieve all of your goals. Moreover, we will provide ongoing counsel so that your estate plan is aligned with life’s transitions -- marriage, having children, accumulating wealth, and retirement. Don’t wait to plan your estate. Contact our experienced estate planning attorneys today.

Wiles Law Firm, LLC helps clients with their estate planning needs in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas such as West Ashley, Summerville, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and John's Island.

Information on this website is not legal advice. Further, viewing of the enclosed information does not create an attorney-client relationship with Wiles Law Firm, LLC. Matters will be handled by attorneys who primarily practice out of our office in Charleston County located at 852 Lowcountry Blvd., Ste. 101, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. M. Emerson Wiles, III is the attorney responsible for this advertisement.

Any result Wiles Law Firm, LLC may achieve on behalf of one client in one particular matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients. Please contact a South Carolina estate planning attorney or one of our attorneys with Wiles Law Firm, LLC for a consultation regarding your unique estate plan.

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