1/26/2021 We are Open for Business
As we emerge from the lockdown period many people are still staying home, avoiding public spaces and maintaining social distancing. Yet, as part of their reaction to this pandemic many people also are realizing that they need to update their estate plans and health care documents: Medical Power of Attorney; HIPAA authorization; and Living Will. However, they don't want to go out in public or take the chance of a face to face office visit.
Here at Cumberland Legacy Law we are fully capable of consulting via phone or online conferencing. In fact, we operate our law firm electronically as a matter of normal business. We have clients in several states we still serve, such as California, Alaska and Arizona so dealing electronically is nothing new for us.
Of course, we can meet in person, if that is your preference. Call or email us to schedule your teleconference or online conference.
Planning for Peace of Mind
When our clients finish signing their estate planning documents, they often tell us, “What a relief to have that done!” Most people put off doing an estate plan, and many times they let it go until it is too late: they have lost capacity, have become disabled, or have passed away. Now their family is left to pick up the pieces, by going through a lengthy probate. This isn't necessary.
You can have an estate plan designed which ensures YOUR estate is passed along to the people YOU want it to go to, in the manner YOU desire. Left to probate, however, the state courts will often distribute your hard-earned assets in a way which you would have never wanted in life.
We can help anyone by designing an estate plan for you which suits your unique situation and desires. Every family is different, every client has needs and experiences which direct their wishes. We will work with you to create your plan, to do what you want, not hand you some off-the-shelf document with your name filled in on the signature line, which cannot truly address your situation.
The feeling of helping families preserve and pass along the assets earned by a lifetime's hard work is why Nina does what she does.
Nina Whitehurst, the owner of Cumberland Legacy Law, is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, Lawyers With Purpose, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is continually upgrading and updating her knowledge of estate planning law through seminars and being an active member of several estate planning attorney forums. Her husband, Brian Whitehurst, is the firm's marketing coordinator.
*Cumberland Legacy Law is not a public legal aid society.
Life Stage Estate Planning
Planning for Singles
It's crucial that singles focus on their protection and lay the groundwork for their own financial and medical decisions when they aren't able to do so.
Planning for Married Couples
Getting your estate in order becomes more important after you get married to ensure your spouse and/or children are provided for if something were to happen to you.
Planning for Minor Children
Part of being a responsible parent is preparing for the unthinkable. If you have minor children, selecting a guardian and creating a financial plan for your children should be a priority.
Planning for Blended Families
In blended families there's great potential for surviving parties to feel left out. The key to minimizing these issues is a good estate plan.
Planning during Peak Earning Years
During your peak earning years - statistically between the ages of 40 and 55 - you need to stay flexible. Make sure your estate plan takes into account your fluctuating financial needs.
Planning when Nearing Retirement
People nearing retirement tend to struggle with estate planning. But this is the time when a thorough plan is most crucial. Contact us today for help.
Planning when Single Again
People who are divorcing or have become widowed often don't understand that being single again includes revisiting or even creating an estate plan.
Planning for Retirement
Retirement is a good time to create (or revisit) your estate plan to make sure you still have your legal ducks in a row.