Estate Planning

Cook & Bartlett advises many clients on their estate plans, most of which involve amendments of Trust documents and drafting Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives (also known as Living Wills). 

A Will designates who receives a client's estate upon their death, instead of state law making that determination. 

A Durable Power of Attorney is a document that is drafted to avoid the need for a guardianship upon a client's incapacity. A guardianship is a court-managed supervision of a person and/or their finances, which can be costly.

A Health Care Directive/Living Will is a document that directs whether and to what extent life-sustaining measures should be attempted upon catastrophic illness or injury.

Most clients will need one or more of the above documents, depending on their specific circumstances.  Cook & Bartlett can help you determine which documents may benefit you.