Wills & Probate
In Connecticut the Probate Court handles a variety of legal matters. These include:
- Probating of Wills and Estates - estates large and small often need to go through the probate process. We offer clients hands on support to help settle the affairs of your loved one.
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Guardianship of Minors
- Change of Name
- Oversight of Trusts
- Accountings by Agents using Power’s Of Attorney
- Guardianship of Intellectually Disabled People
Estate Planning. It is never too early to get your affairs in order. You may have just had your first child, or your third grandchild. DiCara Law has many estate planning tools to help you realize your goals and keep your life organized. Some of the tools available are:
- Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a document that gives someone else the authority to make certain decisions and act on your behalf. This person is referred to as the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”.
- Springing Power of Attorney
Similar to a standard power of attorney, this document gives someone else authority to act on your behalf. The key difference is that a springing power of attorney only becomes effective when a certain event occurs, like unexpected illness or incapacity.
- Designation of Guardian of Minor Children
This document allows for you and your spouse to appoint a legal guardian to care for and raise your children if an unfortunate event occurs that renders you unable to do so.
- Last Will & Testament
A Will contains your instructions on how your property and assets are distributed after your death. If you die without a valid will state laws determine how your assets are distributed, and this may not be according to your wishes. An updated valid will protects your loved ones and ensures your wishes are carried out.
- Living Will/Advanced Directives
A living will is a document that states your wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments. Making these decisions now will avoid arguments when you and your family need to be supportive of each other.
- Heath Care Agent
In this document you designate someone to make medical decision on your behalf in accordance with your wishes as stated in your living will.
- Funeral Plans and Anatomical Donations
Your family may not know your feelings about these issues; or may not agree with you or each other. Whether it is cremation, burial or donation for transplant purposes, make your wishes known.
A Trust is a legal relationship between Grantor ,who transfers title of assets, Trustee, who manages the assets, and Beneficiary, who receives a financial benefit from the trust assets.
- Living Trust
Sometimes called a revocable trust, a Living Trust is a document which allows you to transfer your property and assets into a trust. It is usually created for you and your spouses’ benefit during your lifetime; and is thought to help avoid probate and reduce taxes.
- Testamentary Trust
This trust is set up in your will and does not take effect until your death. People often create a Testamentary Trust to be sure that funds are available for their children’s education; or to prevent a young person from inheriting a large sum of money before he or she is ready to handle it.
- Designation of Conservator
It is important to know that if you become incapacitated in the future your finances and personal affairs will be managed by a trusted person you choose; your conservator.