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Estate Planning

Assisting clients to transfer decision-making authority in case of incapacity.

Sudden illness or injury can leave anyone totally incapacitated. Or, the infirmities of age can compromise an older adult’s ability to fully function independently. Under such circumstances, concerned loved ones may feel compelled to act, but may lack the legal authority to do so. This can delay essential care, threatening your loved one’s health and welfare when he or she is most vulnerable. To protect your loved ones, you need clear legal authority to make decisions if they are unable to do so. Shaw & Martin, P.C. can help you draft and execute durable power of attorney documents so you can be certain about your authority when a loved one needs you most.

Wills & Trusts

Comprehensive plans to protect your family’s future.

Wills and trusts are the principal legal instruments attorneys use to help clients transfer assets to their heirs. The experienced attorneys at Shaw & Martin, P.C. can advise you on the best means for you to address your legacy concerns, including the transfer of financial and real property assets, estate tax avoidance, guardianships for minor children, and support for philanthropic causes. We draft precise wills that reflect your desires and establish various types of trusts that serve your estate planning needs.

Your last will and testament provide the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is the primary means by which you can leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires. We draft valid wills that clearly convey your intentions.

Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney that fit your loved one’s needs.

Powers of attorney are documents that convey legal authority to act in the name of another person for his or her health and welfare. A power of attorney can grant broad authority or be very limited in scope. Our skilled attorneys help you prepare for contingencies based on the specific circumstances surrounding you and your loved one. However, powers of attorney address three main areas of concern:

  • Financial management
  • Representation for legal and business matters. 
  • Authority to make medical decisions. 

Contact An Experienced Mount Vernon Attorney Today!

Shaw & Martin, P.C. serves clients in Mount Vernon and throughout Illinois.