We spend a lot of our lives planning—daily meals and schedules, meetings, vacations. Yet some of the most important plans we will ever make are the ones we push aside for a later date. It’s understandable that people want to avoid thinking about and discussing the situations that come to mind when we think of estate planning, but being prepared provides a peace of mind that makes it worth the effort. Once it’s done, you don’t have to think about it again for many years to come.
Arizona estate planning attorney Bernard Strass at Desert Rose Estate & Elder Law works with his clients to make the life and estate planning process less of a chore. After a simple review of your wishes and circumstances, he can develop and implement a plan that will protect your assets and ensure that your wishes are met if or when you are unable to express them yourself.
A Different Approach to Arizona Life and Estate Planning
When we talk about estate planning, most people think about the distribution of their assets and property after death. This is one of the important events for which we all should plan. However, there are other circumstances that can render you unable or unavailable to make decisions about your finances or medical care—such as emergencies or travel abroad—that can and should be addressed in a comprehensive estate plan.
Bernard helps his clients develop awareness of the many possible scenarios an estate plan should provide for—including events during your lifetime, while you’re still young and active—and advises them on the best tools available to ensure their interests and wishes are protected. These tools can then be integrated into a personalized, comprehensive Arizona estate plan to protect you, your assets, and your loved ones.
Arizona Life and Estate Planning Tools
The living will is a commonly used and discussed estate planning tool that details your wishes for medical treatment at the end of life. While a properly executed will is effective for the distribution of your property and assets upon your death, other tools may provide additional benefits, including protection and assurances while you are still living. These estate planning vehicles and documents include the following:
Financial powers of attorney (POAs) designate someone to manage your finances if you become unable
Medical powers of attorney designate someone to manage your health care decisions if you are incapacitated
REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST
Revocable living trusts can serve the same purposes as a will, with additional benefits during your life
Irrevocable trusts can protect your assets now and upon your death
Additional tools, such as gun trusts, may be added to your estate plan if they are appropriate and beneficial for your specific situation. Bernard can help you assess your needs and implement a plan that best suits your preferences and protects you and your family now and in the future.
About Arizona Estate Planning Attorney Bernard Strass
Bernard Strass has been practicing law for 35 years. He has worked in various areas of law and brings that experience to his current practice, focusing specifically on estate planning. This means that you will be working with a lawyer who handles matters related to the task at hand on a daily basis. Narrowing his focus allows Bernard to consistently work with the tools used to achieve his clients’ goals so he can provide clients with the most up-to-date advice and guidance on developing and implementing an estate plan.
Contact Bernard Strass Today
Don’t deny yourself and your loved ones the benefits of a thoughtful and well-executed estate plan. The process does not have to be overwhelming or stressful. Bernard Strass can meet you at your home or arrange a meeting elsewhere, according to your preference. He will listen and advise you with care, compassion, and diligence. Reach out to start planning for the future by calling Desert Rose Estate & Elder Law at (602) 644-1406 or complete this online contact form to schedule a consultation.