It’s August! A month of long, lazy days still stretch out ahead of you. Maybe your kids are returning from sleepaway camp … what a great time for you to go on vacation before the grind of school begins! Whether you are picturing eating gelato in Italy or sipping cocktails on a quiet beach, wouldn’t it be nice to have peace of mind in the knowledge that your vital estate planning documents are in good shape before you go? Knowing that those precious children of yours are protected if something happens to you and your spouse?
The last thing you need to worry about on vacation is what will happen if you don’t come back, and a good set of estate planning documents will keep that worry far from your mind. This typically means setting up a Will (including Trusts for the kids) tailored to the needs of your family before your next journey.
Remember, simply writing a few requests down on a piece of paper does not mean you have a plan in place! In New York, a Will must meet statutory requirements to be considered valid in the eyes of a Court. And if you want trusts for your children or have any special circumstances, you want to make sure that your documents are appropriately drafted to account for them.
So, before you pack that suitcase, talk to us about getting your estate plan in order. We can help you put a Will and trust in place (or update older documents if you have them) and create Powers of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directives that will give someone else permission to handle your affairs and make medical decisions in a true emergency.
Of course, we hope you will never need these documents, and these ideas are not fun to think about! But peace of mind is an essential item to pack, and it works with every adventure!
If you need help with your estate planning documents before your vacation this summer, please call us at the Law Offices of Lisa S. Katz, PLLC at 914-244-0908, and we’ll get you on the calendar before you go away. Then you can truly relax on your trip, have fun and fill your day with activities you love to do. Because vacation time is precious and there’s no point in wasting it worrying!