Offering Comprehensive Guidance Throughout Estate And Personal Matters
Individuals’ concerns about their estate after they pass away can be wide-ranging. Thomas Braun Bernard & Burke, LLP has a unique and thorough perspective on estate planning matters. For many years, our attorneys have been assisting individuals in Rapid City and throughout South Dakota with estate-related concerns, from preparing wills, to preparing documents to address medical decision-making in the event that they are incapacitated, to providing complete estate planning assistance, to probating estates.
Handling Estate Planning Needs
We prepare estate planning documents for people throughout South Dakota, including:
- Last will and testament: We draft a legally binding document that cements your desires for the distribution of your property after your death. Neglecting to have a will in place when you die means that the distribution of your property will instead be dictated by state law and, in some cases, can cause serious problems with the disposition of your property.
- Power of attorney: We assist with the appointment of another person to act as your agent to handle business transactions on your behalf, either in perpetuity or for a fixed period of time.
- Living will: We draft a document that establishes your wishes in regard to the administration of life-prolonging measures should you be permanently incapacitated.
- Health care power of attorney: We prepare a document that designates another person who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
In addition, our lawyers have significant experience in setting up guardianships and conservatorships, charged with protecting the interests of your estate.