Wills & Estates
Secure Your Family’s Future
Everyone should have a will which directs the distribution of your property and assets when you pass away. Through this document, you are also able to designate who will care for your minor children after your death and name executors to handle the distribution of your estate to designated heirs or beneficiaries. The highly experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of D. Stephen Parsons, P.A. in Ocean View, DE, will help you draft a will which meets your needs and accomplishes your wishes.
Estate Planning: Protect Your Assets
By making plans ahead about how the transfer of all your assets will be managed after you pass away, you make the legal process easier to navigate for those you leave behind. In the process, you will also succeed in securing your family’s future by making sure that your assets are bequeathed exclusively and appropriately to your specified beneficiaries.
The Probate Process
The probate process is a court-supervised procedure that determines the validity of your will, identifies estate assets, allows creditors to submit claims, and ultimately permits the assets of the estate to be distributed to the heirs. Our attorneys are experienced in the probate process and can assist you with the administration of your loved one’s estate.
Durable Power of Attorney
A durable power of attorney is a document in which you (the principal) appoint another individual (an agent or attorney-in-fact) to handle your affairs. This document allows your agent or attorney-in-fact to sign checks, pay bills, file tax returns, obtain medical or other professional services, sell a property, acquire insurance, and do all the things that you do to manage your day-to-day affairs. Attorney-in-fact authority can be as broad as to encompass everything or as narrow as to serve a specific purpose, depending on what option you wish to take. This document is essential in any estate plan.
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows you (the principal) to appoint another individual (an agent or attorney-in-fact) to make healthcare decisions in the event that you cannot make such decisions. This document also contains an Advance Healthcare Directive, which allows you to communicate your personal wishes to undergo, inhibit, or omit treatments in the event that you are terminally ill or in a vegetative state and doctors believe that you have no chance for recovery. Like a Durable Power of Attorney, we believe that execution of this document is necessary in any estate plan.