Indianapolis Wills Attorney
Wills Protect Your Assets and Your Family
"Estate planning" is a fancy name for the process of writing wills and trusts to specify who will get certain assets. Other documents included in basic estate planning protect your ability to choose who makes decisions for you in the event that you become incapacitated and cannot communicate those decisions yourself.
Many people think they do not need a will, that they are too young or do not have children or a lot of property. However, all adults should have wills.
Estate Planning Documents
At the López Law Office, I will guide you through the process of writing a will, a financial power of attorney, a health care proxy and a living will.
A basic will tells the probate court how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. Additional estate planning documents such as powers of attorney and living wills can also be very important to your family. They can help you maintain control over your health care and financial decisions if you are incapacitated by a stroke, a serious car accident or other unexpected event.
You may assume that a hospital or bank will allow your spouse or relatives to make decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. However, that is not always the case. Without a power of attorney, your loved ones might not have the legal authority to make health care and financial decisions for you.
Some of the basic estate planning tools I assist with include:
- Last will and testament: If you have children, your will can name a guardian for your children if you and your spouse should die.
- Powers of attorney: Health care and financial powers of attorney allow you to designate someone to make medical and financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated.
- Living will: If you have reached the end of your life and are in a vegetative state, you would not want your family members to argue over what care you should receive. A living will allows you to tell your family members and doctors in advance whether you want feeding tubes or other artificial life support. The living will also allows you to name a health care representative to carry out your decisions.
When you come to my office, I will sit down with you to discuss your needs and planning options. whether you have significant assets, or simply want to designate someone as a power of attorney, I will help customize and estate plan that helps achieve your wishes and goals.
Attorney Vanessa López Aguilera
Contact Our Indianapolis Estate Planning Attorney Today
To discuss your questions about wills and other estate planning documents with Indianapolis lawyer Vanessa López Aguilera, call 317-542-3142 (español: 317-715-1847) or fill out our simple contact form. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Hablamos español.