- Who has authority to act on my behalf in the event of incapacity?

- How do I avoid probate?

- Who will take care of my children?

- Who will take care of my finances?

- What will happen to my assets upon my death?

- How often should I review my trust?

  1. Do I need a trust or will a simple will suffice?
  2. Can I change my estate plan at any time?
  3. I don't want to be a burden to my family; what are my care options?
  4. What needs to be done after my passing?

You have the ability to designate a trusted individual to act on your behalf in handling financial matters in the event you are unwilling, unable or unavailable to do so.  There are also certain "powers" you may wish to grant and not grant to the designated individual.  Whether signing this document to ease your mind before going on a trip or for purposes of planning for your incapacity, this document is essential for each and every legal adult to have in place.

If you have ever been in a hospital recently or even to visit your doctor, most likely you have been asked if you have an Advance Health Care Directive.  This important document lays out your wishes regarding health care decisions in the event you are unable to convey them on your own.  There are simple forms available which certainly are "better than nothing," but they unfortunately do not cover many of the considerations that should be made regarding health care decisions.  Going over many of the possibilities can help ease your mind knowing that your agent will be guided by the person who knows you and your wishes best - - you!



Advance Health Care Directives

General Durable Powers of Attorney

Important Decisions


Whether creating a trust, will or both, there are many items which warrant thought.  Will you name a trusted friend, family member, professional fiduciary or institution to serve as Trustee?  Would you want to leave all of your estate to family, or include treasured friends, important charitable organizations, and beloved pets?  There are no right or wrong answers and these considerations, among many others, will be discussed to create a plan that feels exactly right to you.  

An Estate Planning Law Practice


Law Office of Christine Akutagawa