It’s important to work with an attorney who is patient and willing to listen to, empathize with, and truly understand your needs and the needs of your loved ones. I am here to discuss your life, your health, your finances, and any thing else that can help you ensure that you and your loved ones have a concrete plan are covered for anticipated life changes and challenges as well as the unexpected.
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The Billanti Law Firm provides individuals with the power to ensure that wishes regarding their personal, health care, and financial decisions are known and carried out during their lifetime as well as after death. I can assist you with preparing a will and any necessary trusts to distribute your assets in accordance with your wishes after your passing. I can also put advance health care directives in place by helping you appoint a health care proxy and prepare a living will.
The Billanti Law Firm is dedicated to working as an advocate for aging and disabled people, as well as their family members, to help with critical matters regarding estate, financial, and health care planning. I can help you create a comprehensive estate plan while taking into account your financial situation to help mitigate costs and tax burdens for yourself and your loved ones. Not only can I help you plan an estate by creating a will that will enable you to distribute your assets in accordance with your wishes after you die, I can help evaluate your needs and create a living will and advanced health care directives, create and execute a durable power of attorney as well as assist with income, estate, and gift tax planning. Additionally, I can help with short-term and long-term care, assisted living, Social Security, Medicare and/or Medicaid, and guardianships.
The Billanti Law Firm will help you plan for your loved one with special needs by establishing comprehensive care plans to ensure that money for your loved one with special needs will not be at risk from estate taxes or the long-term care costs of caregivers. I can also assist with applying for SSI benefits for a person with disabilities and applying and qualifying for Medicaid. I can also help you provide for a person with special needs in your will, apply for guardianship, and set up a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust.
Estate planning is a lifelong process, and it is important for adults of all ages, health conditions, and financial situations to evaluate their situation and plan for the future.
Elder law is critical for people as they age, develop health related issues, or become disabled.
Special needs planning is critical for people with disabilities as well as the parents of minor or adult children with disabilities to ensure that they have suitable funds and obtain proper government benefits to ensure that they are cared for properly from childhood through adulthood.
A Last Will & Testament is a legal document created by you in order to designate the executor of you estate and provide specific and personal instructions regarding the distribution of assets upon your death.
A Living Will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical and potentially life sustaining treatments in the event you become terminally ill and unable to speak for yourself.
A Health Care Proxy allows you to designate a person to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so yourself.
A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that enables you to appoint a person to make financial decisions on your behalf in the event you become disabled or incompetent.
A Testamentary Trust is a legal document that you can create within a Last Will & Testament in order to distribute some or all assets to a trust upon your death. They are most commonly created for the benefit of minor children, people with special needs who receive government benefits, or a spouse in order to provide a tax shelter.
A Living Trust is a legal document that goes into effect during the life of the person who creates it. They are most commonly used for wealth management, Medicaid planning, and avoiding probate.
Estate administration is the process of collecting, managing, and distributing a decedent's estate. During this process, the decadent's assets must be gathered, any and all debts and taxes of the decedent's must be paid, and all remaining assets and property must be distributed to the heirs of the estate.
To control who will receive your assets after your death. To minimize legal fees and taxes. To protect yourself in the event you become incapacitated so that you, through the individuals you have chosen, not the courts, keep control of your assets and make decisions about your medical care when you can no longer handle your own affairs.
When a person dies without a Will or intestate, the “probate” property of the deceased is distributed generically based on state law. Therefore, if you do not create a Will, you do not have any say about how your property will be distributed. Additionally, if you do not make a Will, then the Probate Court will appoint someone (the administrator), whom you may or may not know, to handle your estate.
A document in which you grant an individual the ability to take certain actions in your name, just as you could act. The grant does not deprive you of the right to take those actions, and it can generally be revoked at any time.
A legal document that authorizes another person to make health care decisions for you if you lose the capacity to make informed health care decisions for yourself.
A binding legal document that establishes what your wishes are regarding the use of life-sustaining treatment in the event that something happens to you and you cannot make your own decisions regarding medical treatment.
The probate process applies when a decedent has a Will. Probate is the process by which a Will is verified to be authentic and accepted by the Surrogate's Court.
An executor (male) or executrix (female) is the person named in the decedent's Will and appointed by the Court who is responsible for administration and distribution of an estate according to the terms of the decedent's Will
An administrator (male) or administratrix (female) is the person the Court appoints to handle the estate of a decedent without a Will.
The Executor or Administrator of the estate are responsible for paying the Surrogate's Court fee. The fee is statutory or set by law, and it is based on the total assets of the estate.