When you choose to hire an estate planning and elder law attorney, your attorney is not only representing you but the interest of your family as well. Matters concerning estate planning and elder law can reach far beyond your life and have a significant impact on the lives of your loved ones. From finances to healthcare to end-of-life choices, each of these integral decisions on protecting what matters most are not only a part of your legal representation but your life as well.
The importance of your legal planning cannot be understated. This makes hiring an attorney in your community a critical decision. You need a local advocate on your side. Decisions that should be simple on their face, can often be much more challenging when stressors are applied.
For example, in a vacuum, how you want your medical decisions handled in the event of a persistent vegetative state should be a simple. In application, however, especially when multiple people are involved and emotions run high, these simple choices become much more difficult to execute. It is situations like these that you not only want but need a local advocate on your side.
Today, there are more and more services available that are designed to make our lives easier. From communication to grocery shopping to travel, there are numerous solutions that are easy to use and offer significant benefits. In recent years, legal planning has become one of these services. Across the nation the movement to inexpensive, do-it-yourself legal planning has taken hold.
While the initial ease of convenience may be appealing, the problem remains of whether or not a software or non-legal representative can truly understand and implement your wishes when the time comes. In our experience, the answer is a definitive no.
There is no replacement for an advocate who can look at all sides of your case and help you make the right choice based on your circumstances. Each case is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution when you’re discussing the decisions that will have a significant impact on your life.
It is important that you not only have a local attorney but that you remember your legal planning needs do not end when your plan is signed. Things change. People change. You need to have an estate plan that can grow with you over your lifetime and a community advocate who understand your needs both now and well into the future.
This is one of the reasons why we created our Client Care Maintenance Program. Our plan is designed to be updated annually so that it can best help you when you need it to. It is also designed with your advocacy needs in mind so you have an on-call, local attorney who can help you when you need it most.
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Kevin Snyder is a husband, father, and an Orange County estate planning attorney and elder law attorney at Snyder Law, PC in Irvine, California. He is all about family and has a passion for educating his community about trust and estate planning, veterans issues, and how to protect what matters most.