Frequently Asked Questions

Estate planning can be a confusing topic for some people. Below are the answers to questions often asked at Lauren Richardson, PLLC.

What is probate?

Probate is the legal process of establishing the validity of a will.

Why do I want to avoid the probate process?

Probate is a slow and costly public process where assets are divided through the court’s authority.

What is a will?

A will is a document that indicates how a person’s assets will be disbursed upon his/her death.

What is a living will?

A living will is a document that specifies to a person’s family and medical professionals what type if end-of-life (EOL) treatments he/she wants to receive and under what conditions he/she wants to receive them. A living will is essential in cases of extreme incapacitation and disablement where a person is unable to voice his/her desires.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a document that hands over control of a person’s decision-making powers to a designated agent. The trusted agent can make financial and medical decisions on a person’s behalf in case of disablement and incapacitation.

What is a living trust?

A legal document that specifies to medical professionals as well as your family what end-of-life (EOL) treatments you want to receive and under what conditions you want to receive them when you are unable to voice them due to incapacitation or disablement.


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