Hi, my name is Sean Nichols, I’m an attorney who specializes in the legal issues that come with aging. My practice areas are elder law, estate planning and probate. I created my practice in 2011 to focus on unique legal needs with aging, although, I do work with people of all ages.
One of the most common questions I get is “what is estate planning.” There’s a lot of misconceptions when it comes to this topic, people think you need to be wealthy like in the TV show Downton Abbey where all the millionaires live on estates in English Countryside. This isn’t true, estate planning is setting things up when you’re alive and well to plan for things such as death, or illness.
As I tell clients, nobody has a crystal ball. It’s important to establish an estate plan while you’re healthy to avoid a hassle in court in the event you become ill or pass away. Estate plans do not have to be complex. One of the goals in my practice is to make it straightforward and efficient for my clients while covering everything they need.
Common estate issues include: wills, patient advocate designations, powers of attorney, trusts, deed work, asset protection, business succession planning, etc.
We commonly deal with blended families (second marriages), and we help ensure there’s no fights over assets when someone passes away. We also help ensure someone’s family is able to help them if they should become sick and are able to settle the estate without getting in any disputes.
If you’d like to learn more about estate planning feel free to contact us.