At Mewborn & DeSelms, Attorneys at Law, we understand the importance of preparing for the inevitability of incapacity and death. We also understand that many people find it difficult to discuss these issues or to plan for them.
To this end, our experienced estate planning attorneys provide a comfortable and friendly environment to discuss the various aspects of estate planning with clients, so they can have a game plan for the future.
We create estate plans for clients of all ages and occupations, including those military service members stationed at Camp Lejeune and surrounding military bases.
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We assist clients with these and other estate-related matters:
- Wills: Wills are valuable tools that can give you control of the way your assets will be distributed after your death. We have experience in drafting and enforcing wills in probate actions.
- Trusts: Trusts allow people to keep assets and set aside funds for specific purposes. We can assist you in establishing irrevocable or revocable (or “living”) trusts, special needs trusts and other financial mechanisms that can protect your money over time and ensure it goes to the people and/or organizations you choose.
- General powers of attorney: We offer a variety of powers of attorney to meet the needs of our clients, including those serving at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base. A general power of attorney allows a spouse, loved one or trusted friend to take care of the service member’s affairs while he or she is deployed, or a child to manage his or her parents’ personal, monetary or business affairs in their later years.
- Health care powers of attorney: This enables a named health care agent to make health decisions for the person when he or she becomes incapacitated or is unable to make his or her own health care decisions. A health care power of attorney also enables a chosen person to make decisions regarding organ donation and the disposition of remains upon death.
- Health care directives: Health care directives, physician directives and “living wills” are documents that set conditions for your medical care later in life. If you want to have control over what care you receive — or don’t receive — in a medical emergency, you may wish to consider these options.
- Protecting assets: Our experience in corporate and business law provides us with the tools to help shield your assets from liability lawsuits through the creation of a corporation.
- Probate litigation: We represent estates in probate court when there is no will or when a will, trust or other planning document is contested in court.
- Incompetency hearings: In the unfortunate event that someone you love is unable to handle his or her affairs, an incompetency proceeding may be necessary to safeguard your loves one’s assets, to protect him or her from financial exploitation, and to ensure his or her access to government benefits by establishing a guardianship.
- Will caveat proceedings: If one party decides to challenge the will that has been filed with the court, they file a caveat proceeding with the court. Parties then argue before the court either in support of or against the current will.
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It is never too early to begin planning for the future. Get more information and peace of mind by meeting with a Jacksonville will and trust attorney at Mewborn & DeSelms, Attorneys at Law. For more information, contact our law firm online or by calling +1-910-225-4179.