Planning Your Estate In Alaska

No two families have the same property or the same personalities. Yet many people take a cookie-cutter approach to estate planning: downloading a form from the Internet and inserting the names of their family members. Estate Planning This can lead to consequences you never intended.

For example, few people would want their children to receive their entire inheritance at age 18 if they should die. Few people would want their family members to have to go through a costly court proceeding just to pay their bills if they become incapacitated. Unfortunately, things like this can happen when people take a cookie-cutter approach to estate planning.

I am Fred H. Valdez, a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska. I provide unbundled estate planning services, meaning that I can provide as much — or as little — estate planning services as you need. For example, if you want me to create an estate plan that will protect you and your beneficiaries, I can do so. If you simply want me to review documents that you have prepared yourself, I can do that, too.

An estate plan includes several legal documents to accomplish different goals, including:

  • A will to determine how your assets will be distributed and who will be the personal representative of your estate
  • Powers of attorney to name someone to handle financial matters and make health care decisions if you are incapacitated
  • A living will to determine whether you want feeding tubes or other artificial life support if you are in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery
  • A trust to accomplish specific goals, such as protecting assets for minor children or providing assets to a person with special needs without making him or her ineligible for government benefits such as Medicaid

As your lawyer, I can help you minimize taxation and protect the assets that you worked so hard to accumulate.

To Schedule An Attorney Consultation

To discuss your estate plan with me, lawyer Fred H. Valdez, call 907-274-5000 to schedule a consultation. From my office in Anchorage, I serve clients throughout Alaska, including the coastal communities, the panhandle and the interior.