Most adults have contemplated their own mortality and recognize the importance of a well thought out, professionally prepared will. However, it's an established fact that more people in the State of Texas die intestate than with a will. Whether you are a retiree who is contemplating your final wishes or a newlywed who is attempting to secure the future of your new family, it's never too early to begin estate planning. At the Houston law firm of Adair & Myers, our estate planning attorneys help adult men and women—in all stages of their lives—prepare for all future eventualities.
Our standard estate planning package includes a Will, Medical Power of Attorney with a Directive to Physicians, HIPAA release, and Power of Attorney. We can include a designation of a guardian in the will where minor children or incapacitated dependents are involved. In most cases, we can provide this necessary package of documents for a flat rate for both individuals and couples.
Will – The will or testament is the document that instructs others what to do with your property upon your death. A will designates a trusted person as an executor to interpret the document and facilitate the final instructions. A will is the cornerstone of any sound estate plan, but can only be executed upon your death.
Medical Power of Attorney – This empowers another person to make medical decisions for you should you become incapacitated or unable to make those decisions for yourself. In Texas, a Directive to Physicians instructs doctors not to use artificial processes (life support) to postpone death.
HIPPA Release – This authorizes the release of your medical information. This can assist the person who has medical power of attorney over you in making an informed decision on your behalf.
Power of Attorney – This enables a trusted person to make decisions with regard to your employment, business, assets, debts, et cetera. If you become incapacitated, your agent can step in until such a time that you are able to resume normal activities. Powers of attorney can be written so that they only trigger if some event occurs, like your mental or physical incapacitation.
Guardianships – If you have a minor child or are responsible for an adult with special needs, you can designate a person to care for him or her if you become unable to.
The attorneys of the law office of Adair & Myers have been assisting Houston and Texas families plan their estates for years. Our comprehensive packages are affordable and can provide peace of mind for you and your family. We are also able to periodically review and revise estate plans to make sure that they reflect your current family situation.
To schedule an appointment with a Houston, TX estate planning lawyer, contact Adair & Myers at (713) 568-2791.