Greenville County Wills & Estates Lawyer
Estate Planning Attorney for Laurens, Simpsonville & Spartanburg, SC
You may not realize it but, if you own anything, you have an estate. Many people think an “estate” is only what the very wealthy own. These are the people who have elaborate estate plans, “trust funds” for their children, and charitable foundations. While estate planning is very important for those with many high-value assets, everyone can benefit from a will and other estate planning tools and documents.
If you need help with drafting and finalizing a will or putting together other documents to protect your estate, the Law Office of Rhett Burney can help. We can ensure you have a valid will and help you keep it updated if circumstances change. We can also advise you on other important estate planning methods for protecting your assets, your family, and your wishes in vital matters, such as medical decisions. Our Greenville County wills and estate attorney can tailor your estate plan to the size, complexity, or needs of your “estate,” whether it consists of simply your home and bank account or multiple and complicated assets.
Book a consultation with Greenville County wills and estates lawyer Rhett Burney to discuss your needs. Contact us at (864) 523-2032.
Wills, Trusts, & Other Estate Needs
Estate planning controls how your belongings, property, and other assets will be passed on to your loved ones after you are gone. It can also include other important documents that designate trusted persons to act on your behalf when you cannot, such as carrying out financial matters or making medical decisions at necessary times. Your estate plan can be as simple or as complicated as necessary, based on your circumstances and objectives.
Rhett can help you create and finalize the following estate-related documents:
Without a will, you will die “intestate.” This means your estate will be passed on according to South Carolina probate laws without any knowledge of what you would have wanted. Your will can do the following:
- Identify your property and assets
- Name your heirs and beneficiaries and what each will receive and when they will receive it
- Name an executor to oversee the probate process of transferring your estate
- Name a guardian for any minor children you may have
A trust is a legal entity into which you pass your assets to be managed by your named trustee(s). Once you pass away, trustees transfer these assets to your heirs/beneficiaries according to your instructions in the trust. Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable and created for various purposes. In a living trust, you remain the trustee during your lifetime and manage the assets as you see fit. Trusts have many benefits, including the avoidance of probate.
Living Wills and Other Documents
- A living will allows you to outline your wishes regarding what type of medical interventions you wish to have or not have if terminally ill or permanently unconscious.
- A Healthcare Power of Attorney allows you to authorize a trusted person to make medical care decisions when you are incapacitated.
- A Durable Power of Attorney allows you to authorize a trusted person to handle financial or other life matters on your behalf.
Plan Ahead with Help From the Law Office of Rhett Burney
Rhett can help you understand and devise the right estate planning tools for your situation as well as help you keep them current. If you need assistance administering a trust or any other estate matter, he can provide the guidance and counsel you need for every contingency.
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