Estate Planning


Preparing a quality estate plan is much like preparing a quality dinner for your family. First, you must know the ingredients you are working with – primarily your assets, liabilities, life insurance, and retirement benefits. The Cilek Law Firm, PLLC can help you organize all of this information in a manner so that all of the “flavors” of your plan work together and so that all parts of your “meal” are properly cooked at the right time.

When you become a client, you can expect attentive, personalized service at every step of the legal process. Whether it’s planning for your family’s future, executing a loved one’s will, or working through the probate process, the Cilek Law Firm is ready to help.

Estate planning allows you to provide for your family by creating a will, establishing a power of attorney or living will, making funeral arrangements in advance, and more. Here at the Cilek Law Firm we provide:

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Wills

A will (Last Will and Testament) is a document that states your final wishes and nominates a trusted person to pay your final expenses.  It is read by a county court after your death and the court makes sure your final wishes are carried out.

Highlights

  • Nominate your Personal Representative(s)
  • Select your heirs
  • Nominate guardians
  • Prepare for disability

Trusts

A revocable living trust is a comprehensive document that allows you to maintain control of your assets, plan for you incapacity, and provide for your loved ones.

Boiled Down: A trust allows you to give your assets to who you want, when you want, and in the manner you want.

Highlights

  • Accepted by third parties
  • Contains caring instructions
  • Less likely to need a guardian
  • Superior to relying on durable POA

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Medical Directives

A living will is a written, legal document that spells out medical treatments you would and would not want to be used to keep you alive, as well as other decisions such as pain management or organ donation.

Highlights

  • Medical care consistent with you values
  • Determine your own comfort care
  • Determine what happens to your body

Powers of Attorney

A “power of attorney” is a written document in which you appoint someone else called the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) to act for you. Your agent can do any legal act you ask him or her to perform.

Highlights

  • Ability to chose who will make decisions on your behalf
  • Prevents questions of intent
  • Prevents delays in action

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Long-Term Care Planning

Long-term care refers to a variety of services and supports that help you with health or personal care needs over an extended period of time. You may need long-term care if you develop a prolonged or chronic illness, or sustain a serious injury or disability. Longterm care may also be needed if you develop a cognitive impairment that causes memory loss or disorientation, such as Alzheimer’s, or even if you just need assistance due to the normal frailties of aging

Highlights

  • Plan for changes in circumstances
  • Manage long-term costs
  • Analyze what’s important to you
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