Estate Planning & Probate Mediation
- Benefits to estate planning mediation
Families and family structures are more complex today than ever before. Regardless of whether you are in a first, second or subsequent marriage that involves children or step children, are living in a committed relationship without choosing (or the ability) to marry or have a special needs child, mediation can help you formulate an estate plan that encompasses all of your wishes for incapacity and end-of-life planning.
- Specific issues for second and subsequent marriages
There may be an inherent conflict between spouses of second and subsequent marriages as to leaving property to children of a previous marriage, as well as children from a current marriage. We allow both partners to openly discuss their desires for their children. This is an opportunity to not only discuss the logistical issues of asset planning, but to have an open and honest discussion about the emotional components.
- Specific issues for unmarried partners
Unmarried couples who either choose not to marry or do not legally have the option to marry have a right to inherit each other’s property. However, the law is not set up for this to happen automatically. We understand the unique situation unmarried couples face with end-of-life and incapacity planning. We can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from having to rely on state laws for your asset distribution, as well as who cares for you if you are incapacitated.