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Make Your Wishes Known Through A Will, Living Will And Powers Of Attorney

A will dictates what happens in the event of your death. A living will and powers of attorney provide similar direction if you become mentally or physically incapacitated. This is your opportunity to ensure that your wishes are known and carried out, whatever the circumstances.

The experienced lawyers of Kerley & Talken PC work closely with you to provide customized estate planning solutions. There is peace of mind in knowing that your interests are protected and all the bases are covered.

Everyone Should Have A Will

We believe every adult – regardless of age or wealth – should create a last will and testament. It spells out your wishes and spares your loved ones from disputes or difficult choices. If you were to die unexpectedly without a will, the state of Illinois would dictate how your estate is distributed.

We help you draft a will that reflects your goals and concerns, such as:

  • Declaring your heirs and what each of them will inherit
  • Nominating a guardian for your minor children
  • Expressing your wishes regarding funeral rites
  • Arranging for care and custody of your pets
  • Accounting for digital assets (social media accounts, cloud data)

In conjunction with a will, we can also create estate planning trusts to protect assets or accomplish specific goals.

Powers Of Attorney Protect Your Interests

A durable power of attorney grants authority to a person of your choosing. That person would oversee your financial and business matters if you were unable to communicate your desires or manage your affairs due to accident, illness or mental infirmity. A health care power of attorney empowers a trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so.

Powers of attorney can transfer right away if you are ready to turn over control, or activate at some future point if and when you are deemed incapacitated.

Anticipating End-Of-Life Care

A health care directive, also known as a living will, gives legally binding direction to your medical providers and your family members in the event of a catastrophic accident or terminal disease. We help you declare your specific wishes regarding heroic measures (such as resuscitation or  surgery), life support (such as feeding tubes and ventilators), palliative care (such as pain medications), religious rites and other end-of-life matters.

Ready To Get Your Affairs In Order?

Kerley & Talken PC welcomes people of all walks of life, from young couples to retirees. We will tailor your will and estate planning documents to reflect your goals and your family’s unique circumstances.

We offer a free consultation, by phone or video, as well as in-person meetings on a case-by-case basis. Call our Springfield office at 217-814-0148 or contact us online to make arrangements.