Estate Planning in Kitsap County &
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Estate Planning: Last Will and Testament, Directive to Physicians (Living Will), Power of Attorney

In addition to our Family Law practice, Compass Legal Service provides Estate Planning to help our clients protect themselves, their families and their property in the event of emergency or death. We work with our clients to prepare necessary documents such as Wills, Directives (Living Will) and Powers of Attorney (including limited and unlimited Durable Powers of Attorney). We make every effort to ensure the documents are properly drafted and executed before they are needed. These documents need to be prepared in advance and in place prior to an impending death, illness, or other untimely event in which a client may become incapacitated.

Who needs Estate Planning.

Estate Planning is a responsible process for virtually everyone.

Anyone who owns real property or other tangible assets including cash, savings and additional financial portfolios should have a Will that clearly states their wishes on how and to whom these assets should be disbursed at the end of their lives. Anyone who has minor children, whether they have wealth to pass to their children, should also have a Will that sets out who they would like to have appointed as the guardian of the children and who they would like to appoint to be the guardian of the children’s money.

Directives to Physicians (Living Wills), provide critical legal information about the way you wish to be cared for medically in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself. A Directive to Physicians not only allows you to control what type of treatment you receive if you are incapacitated, it relieves your family from having to make very difficult “life-of-death” decisions about your care. A Power of Attorney, whether Durable, limited, or unlimited, provides authority for another person to act on your behalf, making specific decisions for you as if they were you. Powers of Attorney are critical if you have responsibilities and will be unavailable to communicate directly with other involved entities concerning related matters. Powers of Attorney can provide authority for matters such as running a business, running a household, making medical decisions, etc. These documents are responsible and appropriate measures for anyone wanting to ensure that their personal and moral wishes are known and enforceable in the event they are not personally able to make decisions for themselves at a future date.

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(Only Wills that do not create Testamentary Trusts)

One of the fundamental documents in Estate Planning is the Testamentary Will, or “Will”. A Will is a document that clearly states your wishes on how real property and other tangible assets that you own should be disbursed at the end of your life. Your Will enables you to name a Personal Representative (also known as an Executor) to manage your estate and the process of disbursing your assets in accordance with your Will. Compass Legal Services provides document preparation for creating your Will. If you already have a Will, but have recently experienced a major life change such as marriage, divorce, birth or death of children or other loved ones currently named in your Will, we strongly suggest updating your Will to reflect these changes. We are unable to prepare wills that require the creation of Testamentary Trusts to manage inheritances but we are happy to serve as a resource for procuring these services.

A Directive to Physicians, commonly known as a Living Will is a document that makes clear your wishes on the type of medical care you do and do not want should you become incapacitated and are unable to communicate those wishes yourself. Your living will may include directives regarding heroic or life saving measures, specific religious observances you would like, and other palliative measures surrounding end of life care. Compass Legal Services recommends all people have a Directive to Physicians. This document provides immense peace of mind in a very uncertain time of life. We are happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss the Directive to Physicians and provide document preparation to ensure your personal health care and end of life care wishes are followed.
A Power of Attorney (including a Durable Power of Attorney)—Limited or Unlimited—is a document that grants legal rights to make decisions and act on your behalf to another person either now or at a later date. There are many reasons for preparing Power of Attorney documents including financial, medical, business, and other legal reasons. The terms of a Power of Attorney can be very specific or general; the power can limited in time or indefinite; the scope of the decisions and actions that can be taken by the designee are also controlled by the Power of Attorney. The scope of the Power of Attorney can be very broad, or virtually unlimited, enabling your designee to manage virtually all of your affairs in your absence or in the event of an emergency where you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself. Attorney Heather Forrler at Compass Legal Services strongly advises all those seeking Power of Attorney documents to seek legal counsel before writing or signing these documents. We are happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your needs and to prepare the Power of Attorney for you to ensure that you are protected and that your designee has the proper legal authority to act in your best interest.

Contact Compass Legal Services for your Estate Planning needs.

If you are in need of a Will, Directive to Physicians (Living Will), or Power of Attorney or would like additional information about Estate Planning, contact Compass Legal Services. To schedule your initial consultation with your Estate Planning Attorney call 360.471.3300 or email our office.

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