A Maryland Trusts and Estates Attorney Who Helps You Plan
Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Daniel Bendt helps with all aspects of estate planning issues, including:
- Estate planning
- Drafting a Last Will and Testament
- Drafting a Last Will and Testament with trust language if appropriate
- Drafting Maryland Statutory Powers of Attorney
- Drafting Advanced Directives
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Drafting your last will and testament
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to 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 Maryland Code determines how your property is distributed; and it will be up to the Courts to determine who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires. Daniel Bendt can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
Drafting your Advanced Directive
An Advanced Directive is essential at every stage of your life. It sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated and appoints someone to make your healthcare decisions if you are unable. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Drafting your Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is essential at every stage of your life. It sets the parameters appoints someone to make non-medical (usually financial) decisions if you are unable. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Daniel Bendt drafts new wills that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Contact an estate planning law firm you can trust, the Law Office of Daniel R. Bendt, LLC
For estate planning services in Bowie and throughout Maryland, call the Law Office of Daniel R. Bendt at 301-464-1104 or contact the office online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Daniel Bendt represents clients throughout Maryland, including Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Greenbelt, Lanham, Hyattsville, Landover, Largo, Laurel, Mitchellville, Woodmore, Riverdale, New Carrollton, Glenn Dale, Croom, Brandywine, Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Severna Park, Crownsville, Millersville, Davidsonville, Annapolis, Edgewater, Dunkirk, Lothian, Harwood, Tracys Landing, Deale, North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Waldorf, Lexington Park, California, La Plata, Owings, Prince Frederick, Solomons, Leonardtown, Lusby, Huntingtown, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Howard County, Charles County and St. Mary’s County.