Wills and Trusts Attorneys in Washington, D.C. Protect Your Estate
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Cross, Murphy, Smuck & Houston can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
- Estate planning
- Estate tax issues
- Choosing the appropriate executor
- Living wills
- Living trusts
- Wills drafting
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We help you plan for the eventual transfer of your assets to your loved ones, minimizing taxes, establishing special needs arrangements for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Drafting your health care instructions
Your health care instructions and choice of decisional agent set the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated, insuring that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Drafting your will and trust instructions
Your will or revocable trust agreement provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will or revocable trust is usually necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without preparing such documents, state or D.C. law determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet, making decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Changing your will or amending your trust
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will or amend your trust several times during your life. We can assist you in making such changes that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Guardianships, special needs, and other arrangements
If you have minor children, your estate plan is where you express your decisions about their future care. Such planning is especially crucial for single or same-sex parents, if both parents die in a common incident, or if you have a child with special needs or disabilities.. Without such prior arrangements, the court will appoint a guardian for your minor children and may make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. Your estate plan can also include arrangements for your pets’ care,, including naming a friend or relative who agrees to take responsibility for your pets.
Contact an estate planning law firm you can trust, Cross, Murphy, Smuck & Houston
For estate planning services in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, call Cross, Murphy, Smuck & Houston at 202-393-8668 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.