Wills are among the most commonly used estate planning tools. With a will, you can outline your wishes for your entire estate, dividing property and responsibility among those you care for.

While there are online resources available for creating your own will, it is important that you work with a lawyer who has experience in this area. Wills and estates law can be complex, and a lawyer can help you draft a will that complies with the law and meets your needs.

At the law firm of Christie Saccucci Matthews, lawyer Frederick J. Matthews now carries on the estate planning practice of retired founder Edwin Christie. He can provide you with the guidance, advice and representation you need throughout the estate planning process, whether your estate plan involves a will, trust or other document.

Addressing Your Needs Through a Will

Your situation is unique to you and your family. Likewise, your will needs to uniquely address your wishes, needs and goals for the future of your estate. Fred Matthews will work directly with you to create a comprehensive will that addresses your concerns. This may include:

  • Care of dependent children and adults
  • Disposition of your home, cottage, car and other assets
  • Division of your bank account, investments and retirement income
  • Creation of a trust to care for loved ones into the future
  • Determination of who will administer your estate
  • Consideration as to whether your assets warrant the creation of both primary and secondary wills [for example, assets in a private corporation]

By providing you with the advice and support you need throughout the will creation process, our firm ensures that your will encompasses all of your wishes for your estate.

Addressing Your Needs Through Continuing Power of Attorney for Property and Power of Attorney for Personal Care

Sound forward planning requires that, in addition to making a will, you should take into account the possibility that during your lifetime you may become incapable of managing your finances or property or that you may become incapable of managing your personal affairs.

In these circumstances, it is good practice to have in place a Power of Attorney for Property in which you appoint a representative(s) to step in to manage your property and finances on your behalf. Similarly, it is good practice to have in place a Power of Attorney for Personal Care appointing one or more representatives to address matters related to your personal care, including health care, medical instructions, living arrangements and treatment wishes should you become incapable of addressing these matters on your own.

Christie Saccucci Matthews can assist you in preparing and managing Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care, including the terms of these documents and advice as to the selection of appropriate representatives.