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Wills

A will is a relatively simple document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution to your assets, as well as, instructions to the care of your children. But an estate plan will go much deeper than just a will. Every adult needs an estate plan that includes a will, a durable power of attorney, and an advance medical directive. We also recommend a variety of essential estate planning documents, including trusts to help avoid probate. Contact our experienced team to find out which approach is best for you and your family.

Wills

  • 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.
  • 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 themselves due to a serious injury, an incapacitating physical illness, or another medical condition, our estate planning lawyers can help you establish a legal guardianship.

  • 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.

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