Every family should consider what happens to those left behind when a spouse or parent becomes disabled or dies. Steve Ashby works with families to protect their future with Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Living Wills (now called Advanced Medical Directives). With these vital documents, people can chart their own destinies rather than take a chance on how governmental solutions may work out in the future. Most people are surprised to learn how easy and inexpensive it is to develop an estate plan, backed up with solid Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney. There really is no need to put off such important protections.
Sometimes the greatest problems are the result of disability, not death. If a person becomes incapacitated, those who have to care for them are forced to go through a cumbersome and expensive Guardianship and Conservatorship process. In the vast majority of cases, this process can be avoided by signing a Durable Power of Attorney before someone becomes incapacitated. A Durable Power of Attorney can also serve as an Advanced Medical Directive (which used to be known as a Living Will). Durable Powers of Attorney are easy and inexpensive. There is no need to use a one-size-fits-all form from the internet when you can consult with your own attorney and have the proper documents prepared to serve your specific needs for a modest cost.
What will all of this cost? Surprisingly little. Steven Ashby has fixed fees for most of these services. For example, a simple will for a person without minor children and not involving a trust would cost $350 for one person or $500 for a couple. If a couple with minor children wants to set up a trust for the children in the event that both parents die before the children reach a specified age, then a Trust Will would cost $500 for one person or $750 for a couple. Of course, wills that are more complicated or which require travel to meet with the clients would cost more. In any case, you can get a free quote before committing to the process.
Rather than generate several confusing documents, Steven Ashby believes in combining a Durable Power of Attorney with an Advanced Directive for Healthcare (formerly called a Living Will). This logical combination gives a person the power and flexibility to care for someone who cannot fend for themselves, without the high cost of obtaining a guardianship or conservatorship. Steve believes in these measures so much that he offers them at the very low cost of $75 (free to someone who also has a will drawn). If you are in need of a Will and a Durable Power of Attorney, but are unable to afford them, Steve offers them at a reduced rate or free, depending on your circumstances.