Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Salem Families

Estate planning is a topic that many people find convenient to avoid. Unfortunately, not planning your estate can cause a great deal of inconvenience and expense for the people you love.

At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, our lawyers are here to make the estate planning process simple and effective. We can create the legal documents you need to protect your family against the predictable (death and taxes) as well as the unpredictable (disability and disputes). From our law office is in Salem, we serve families throughout northwest Oregon.

Protecting Your Assets And Your Beneficiaries

A comprehensive estate plan may include:

  • A will, which determines who will receive your property when you die. It can name a guardian for minor children if both parents die.
  • One or more trusts to accomplish specific goals. For example, there are trusts to protect assets you leave beneficiaries, to protect assets from creditors or lawsuits, to minimize taxation if you have a large estate, to pass firearms to family members, to support a charity and to provide assets to a disabled family member without making them ineligible for Medicaid.
  • A power of attorney designation to give someone you trust the legal right to make decisions for you if you are incapacitated. A power of attorney can save your family from the expense and delay of a guardian proceeding.
  • An advance health care directive, in which you can tell family members and doctors what care you want and don't want if you are in a terminal condition. You can also name a trusted person to make heath care decisions for you.

You should never sign estate planning documents without consulting an attorney. An unscrupulous person could ask you to sign a document that causes you to give up control of your assets.

Service Areas

  • Drafting of wills and trusts
  • Advanced care directives
  • Power of attorney
  • Establishing a guardian or conservator
  • Asset protection

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Talk To An Estate Planning Attorney In Salem Today

We offer a free, in-person consultation so we can learn more about your estate planning goals. Call 866-643-0369 or complete our online contact form.