Creating Effective Wills And Estate Plans
Dean & Barrett: protecting generations of Alabama families through simple estate plans, guardianships and conservatorships.
Located in Opelika, Alabama, the attorneys at Dean & Barrett have been serving clients throughout the Auburn-Opelika area for more than 40 years.
Estate Plans For People Of All Ages
Everyone can benefit from a simple estate plan. No matter what stage of life you are in — from new parent to grandparent — a few simple estate planning documents can help protect your family and preserve your assets for the next generation.
At Dean & Barrett, we help individuals prepare simple estate plans that pass family heirlooms to the appropriate family member and name guardians to care for minor children in the event of clients’ incapacity or death.
Our lawyers also help clients prepare powers of attorney and health care directives that name responsible and trusted friends of family members to make financial and health care-related decisions for them when they are no longer able to make decisions on their own.
Protecting Family Members Through Conservatorships And Guardianships
When individuals are no longer able to manage their financial affairs or properly care for themselves, it may be necessary for family members or friends to step in and establish conservatorships and guardianships.
Conservatorships are established when aging, incapacitated or mentally impaired individuals cannot manage their own finances. Guardianships are created when individuals can no longer take care of their basic needs. Conservatorships and guardianships do not strip people of their individual rights. Instead, they are mechanisms that allow trusted family members or friends to protect their loved ones.
Conservators and guardians have many important responsibilities, including keeping exact financial records, paying taxes, investing money prudently and providing annual accountings. In addition, guardians must make lifestyle decisions that are in the best interests of their ward.
At Dean & Barrett, we help individuals establish conservatorships and guardianships to protect their loved ones and ensure their financial, health care and basic living needs are met.