Tucson Estate Planning Lawyers
Estate planning is a remarkably important step to take in order to ensure that your loved ones will be provided for in the event that anything unforeseen should happen to you. Done well, estate planning can be a powerful tool for providing security and stability to your loved ones as well as a way to minimize potential tax burdens.
Estate planning isn’t always easy to do on your own, but with the help of a qualified legal professional, you can create a well-crafted, comprehensive plan for your future. Furthermore, they can help ensure your rights and interests are protected when dealing with estate matters, such as trust litigation or guardianships. As our lawyers at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., know, estate issues are of significant importance to many people in Tucson, and with the help of a skilled attorney, you can successfully put your estate in order or fight to protect your interests.
Our Estate Planning Practice Areas
Estate planning can involve a wide range of different issues, and at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., we’re prepared to put our decades of experience to work in helping you with:
- Will drafting
- Will modification
- Trust formation
- Powers of attorney
- Living wills
- Tax planning
- Trust amendment, modification, or restatement
Getting your estate in order and successfully dealing with these matters is critical to you and your family’s wellbeing and is something our team understands.
Speak with an Estate Planning Attorney in Tucson
If you need legal assistance with any element of your estate planning process, our dedicated legal team from Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., is here to help. With our guidance, you can rest assured that your estate is in good hands. Call us today at (520) 529-1515 to learn more about what we can do for you.
Estate Planning FAQs
How is a living will different from other wills?
Living wills are often confused with other types of wills, like a last will and testament, though they have distinct purposes and characteristics. A last will and testament details how you want your assets to be divided or distributed after your death. Living wills, or advance directives, on the other hand, are written statements that give specific instructions regarding an individual’s medical treatment in situations where they are no longer able to give informed consent. This may mean you do not wish to be kept on life support in the event of a coma, or a variety of other medical situations, and can allow your family to know your wishes without a doubt in the event they must make these decisions for you.
What is the difference between a living will and power of attorney?
Living wills and durable power of attorneys are sometimes separate documents and sometimes combined into a single document, depending on your state. They both deal with your end of life wishes for medical care but differ in their function. Living wills detail your specific decisions as to medical treatments you do or do not want in specific scenarios, while power of attorney appoints someone in your life as your health care agent who can make medical decisions for you when you are no longer capable of doing so. If you have both of these documents, either separately or as a single document, your health care agent would be responsible for making medical decisions not already outlined in your living will.
What kinds of things are included in living wills?
Living wills are directives which detail your wishes for end of life medical decisions and care and often contain a number of different medical scenarios and what you would like to happen in the event these scenarios occur. For example, some living wills have a do not resuscitate order which dictates that in the event your heart stops, medical staff cannot use methods to resuscitate you. You may also decide you may not want to be on a ventilator, which might be needed to breathe for you, or decide that you would want to be on a ventilator, but only for a specific amount of time before being taken off of it in the event your health does not improve. There are a wide number of specific medical circumstances that are included in living wills.