Here at Stafford Law Firm, we do things differently. We work hard to avoid unnecessary legalese and our aim is to make you as confident as possible throughout the estate planning process for families. In order to fully explain how we set ourselves apart, however, we need to first go through what you would experience if you were to work with a traditional lawyer for your estate plan.
From our own experience within this industry, it is not uncommon for someone to have a seriously lackluster relationship with their estate planning lawyer. If you were to work with a traditional family estate lawyer, you can expect to have an experience that more or less sticks to the following playbook.
You find a lawyer who seems smart and capable, and based on their rapid-fire legalese, they appear to know what they are doing. You’ll nod along and answer the quick questions they ask you. You know you need an estate plan in order to protect your family, so you have your lawyer draw up the cookie-cutter documents they suggested so you can sign them and be on your way.
Later, you’ll get back home, put your copy of the estate plan documents in a safe or a special folder, and with a sigh of relief you’ll check off “family estate plan” on your to-do list. But now what? Chances are you won’t think twice about your estate planning lawyer – until something happens.
Maybe a couple of years later you decide to have another child or sell a major piece of real estate, but without having a relationship with your lawyer, you don’t realize that these life changes need to be updated in your documents. Or even worse, if something horrible happens to you or your spouse and you realize the beneficiary designations your lawyer slapped together don’t actually align with your wishes. Without the proper estate planning strategies in place, and without a full understanding of your plan and when things need to be updated, a scenario like this could be devastating to your heirs.
Someone passing away or becoming incapacitated is the absolute worst time to discover that estate planning documents are incorrect or outdated. Working with a trusted lawyer who will take the time necessary to really get to know you and your family’s needs is the best way to avoid this unfortunate and all too common scenario.
One of the key factors that makes Stafford Law Firm different than other estate planning lawyers, is that we understand that the needs of most families are forever growing and changing. We know how important your family is to you, but we also understand that your life keeps you busy! You want to live a life full of happiness and prosperity, and we are here to help you achieve that.
In order to make the best decisions about your family and your future, you need to first feel confident in your knowledge when it comes to your estate plan. We will walk you through all of your options for securing your family’s wealth as well as guardian designations for minor children, and healthcare directives if you were to become incapacitated.
We take pride in our unique approach to family estate planning, and we will be able to help you take control of your future – whether this is your first dive into estate planning, or if you have a previous plan from a lawyer or even DIY documents you found online. You want to keep your family safe and out of heartbreaking legal conflict. This is our goal as well.
Whenever you find yourself needing to reach out to our office, you can be sure you won’t need to wait for hours or days in order to get a response. Here at Stafford Law Firm, we pride ourselves on being easily accessible and on responding to all client inquiries as soon as possible.
If you happen to need a more thorough call regarding a change you need to make or questions you have about your estate plan, we will happily set up a time as soon as available in order to discuss your questions. We never want you to be stuck in a loop of voicemails and phone tag – especially when something requires immediate attention.
The fact of the matter is, one day you will need to fall back on your estate plan. Whether it will simply be to pass on your family’s wealth after you pass, or something even more heartbreaking like needing a new guardian appointment for your children, having a thorough and customized plan in place will help make sure your family and your future are well taken care of. Reach out today for a free consultation.
Hiring an estate planning attorney is an important decision and one that should be made carefully since it will have a huge impact on your future. When talking to potential estate planning lawyers, here are a few questions you can ask in order to make sure they are going to be a good fit for you:
Family estate planning is an important legal tool that all families should use. Estate planning makes sure that your future and the future of your family is well protected no matter what events may occur. Everyone has an estate, but making sure you have a plan in place that dictates how your estate will be handled in the event of your death or incapacitation will help to protect your family from additional stress or heartache during such a tough time.
No two families will have exactly the same estate planning needs. Based on your family’s structure and financial picture there are numerous documents you will need to have drawn up in order to have an effecting plan. Some of the most common estate planning documents include: