The Chapman Law Firm

Estate Planning


WILLS


Everyone needs a will. Wills are used to dispose of property at death, to nominate guardians of minor children and executors of the estate as well as carry out other wishes of the testator. Wills have to go through probate.  


TRUSTS


  • Living Trusts

Contrary to the popular belief that trusts are for rich people, most families can benefit from a trust.  A trust provides incredible flexibility to meet each family's needs.


  • Irrevocable Trusts

​Trusts which become a separate legal entity upon creation or another event. These are usually trusts, which involve more complex estate planning techniques and considerations.


  • Testamentary Trusts 

Trusts created by will, which function like a living trust but come to life after the will is probated.


  • Special Needs Trusts

Trusts for family members, usually children, with special needs. It is important that the trust is set up in a way that does not deprive the special needs child or family member from SSI and Medical benefits but supplements the beneficiaries' needs. We offer special discounts for families with special needs members who have financial difficulties. ​

ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

Advance Health Care Directives list one's wishes in case of medical emergency and inability to take medical decisions on their own.  It designates trusted family members or friends to act as agents.

DURABLE POWERS OF ATTORNEY 

​Durable Power of Attorney allows another person to represent us in front of various institutions and in various situations.  This authority can be very limited or very broad depending on each individual's needs and desires.
 

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"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."


Benjamin Franklin