201 South Main Street, Suite 801, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Michigan Estate Planning Attorney Helps Protect Your Assets

Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations

Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Charles J. Ladd can help with all aspects of your estate plan, including:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Patient Advocate Designations
  • Advance directives (living wills)
  • Distribution plans
  • Choosing the appropriate executor
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Living trusts
  • Wills drafting

Estate planning documents are extremely flexible and can be designed to fit your unique needs. I work closely with you to determine your goals and create precise instruments to carry out your intentions.

Securing your legacy

You’ve worked hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you great comfort. I will thoroughly analyze your estate and suggest the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your advance directive and last will and testament

A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your advance directive (or living will) sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

A financial Power of Attorney will allow a trusted person or institution to access your property if you are incapacitated.

Your last will, or a trust, if appropriate, provides the opportunity to specify the distribution of your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed and who cares for your children, making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Changing your will

As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You should update your will or trust periodically throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardians

If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. Naming a guardian is especially important if you are a single parent, but even married couples must consider the remote possibility of perishing in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint one whose decisions may be in conflict with your parenting goals.

Contact an estate planning lawyer you can trust.

For comprehensive estate planning services in Ann Arbor and throughout Michigan, call Charles J. Ladd at 734-995-2424 or contact my office online to schedule a consultation.


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