Skilled Estate Planning Lawyers Serving Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Southern British Columbia

Planning your estate is an essential step to ensure your wishes will be carried out in the event of your future incapacity and your eventual death. While the process can be unpleasant to think about, a properly-planned estate will give you peace of mind in knowing that you’ve done everything you can to protect your own interests, should you become too ill to make important decisions, and those of your loved ones after your death.

An effective estate plan is much more than just a Will. There are many other components to consider and address, in addition to the distribution of your estate. For example, a comprehensive estate plan should include directives for how to deal with possible future incapacity and the inability to make financial or medial decision and detail any medical care preferences. Many people have strong opinions with respect to their own future medical care, but if these directives aren’t set out in a properly executed legal document, they may not be carried out. For these reasons, a well-thought-out, carefully crafted estate plan should also include the creation of a Power of Attorney, a Representation Agreement and an Advance Directive.

The skilled and compassionate estate planning lawyers at Cherkowski Marsden LLP  have extensive experience drafting countless custom estate plans that range from simple to highly complex.  We are often able to point out potential issues and provide solutions that clients have yet to contemplate. As an example, many people are often surprised at the level of control they can have in their own care through the use of an Advance Directive, which can detail their wishes with respect to medical treatments in the event of their own incapacity due to injury or illness. We also always design a plan with financial repercussions in mind. We advise clients on the best plan forward in order to minimize taxes and probate fees whenever possible.

Helping clients gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a detailed plan in the face of an uncertain future is a highly rewarding part of our business. We will walk you through each step of the planning process, reviewing all available options, to ensure your estate plan is perfectly designed to reflect your specific interests and needs.

Full-Service Estate Planning from Compassionate and Knowledgeable Estate Lawyers

The estate planning lawyers at Cherkowski Marsden LLP have over 50 years of combined experience helping clients create comprehensive estate plans. Our comprehensive estate plans typically include the following documents:

  • Wills to name an executor and beneficiaries and to deal with the distribution of your estate, care for dependants including the creation of trusts if required, charitable donations, etc;
  • Enduring powers of attorney to select a person or people to act on your behalf with respect to financial and legal matters;
  • Representation agreements to select a person or persons to make medical decisions on your behalf in the case of incapacity;
  • Advance directives to set out preferences and directions with respect to your own medical care should you become unable to do so in the future.

We pride ourselves on our ability to make the uncomfortable, comfortable. Our office and firm culture are designed to be a respite for clients who are often dealing with taxing situations. Our compassionate and approachable lawyers and staff strive to help to reduce the stress people often feel when visiting their lawyer to contemplate their estate plan by providing clarity to the process. We take the time to listen to your needs and wishes and work with you to determine the best course of action. We always aim to reduce complexity in complicated estate matters, taking on the burden of determining what is needed in order to accomplish our clients’ wishes. Clients leave our office with a sense of relief, knowing their future has been carefully planned for by experienced, knowledgeable professionals they trust.

Secure Peace of Mind with Full-Service Estate Planning Lawyers

Secure your future and the future of your loved ones by setting out your wishes and intentions in advance with the assistance of top-tier estate lawyers who will treat your concerns with the empathy and sensitivity they deserve. Contact the exceptionally skilled estate lawyers at Cherkowski Marsden LLP online or by phone at 250-308-0338 (Vernon office) or 250-803-9171 (Salmon Arm office).