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San Francisco Estate Planning Lawyer For First Responders

Richmond District estate planning for first responders

Attorney Helping Police, Firefighters and EMTs With Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives in the Bay Area

First responders including police officers, firefighters, and EMTs put themselves at risk on a regular basis in order to serve their communities. Recent statistics confirm that first responders remain at a significantly higher risk of occupational incidents than the general working public, which makes it crucial for them to have an estate plan that provides for their care and the support of their families.

Attorney Martin Alperen is a former first responder himself, having served as a police officer in Massachusetts and a search and rescue team leader in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He understands both the commitment that first responders bring to their work and the risks they face, and he strives to provide quality, convenient legal services that help secure your estate for the benefit of your family and future generations.

Important Elements of a San Francisco First Responder Estate Plan

A comprehensive estate plan addresses not only what will happen in the event of your death, but also if you are incapacitated in the line of duty. Important elements you should consider include:

  • Last Will and Testament: Your will states your wishes for the distribution of your assets after your death. No matter the size of your estate, a will is important to ensure that your property is administered as you intend, and that all of your chosen beneficiaries have access to the resources they need. This can be especially important for your spouse and children, who may be left behind if you lose your life while on the job.
  • Nomination of Guardian for Minor Children: Your will should also include a nomination for the person you believe to be the best fit to serve as legal guardian to your minor children in the event of your early death. This person would be responsible for providing for all of your children's needs, including care, education, medical treatment, and potentially the management of assets you leave to your children in accordance with their best interests.
  • Trusts: If you want additional protection and greater control of the distribution of your assets, you should consider establishing a trust. Options include a revocable living trust, which you can modify throughout your lifetime, or an irrevocable trust which shelters your assets from lawsuits and creditors. Both types of trusts allow you to determine exactly how, when, to whom, and for what purpose your assets are distributed, rather than relying on the probate process. Because trusts are managed by a trustee of your choosing, you can often take comfort that they are in good hands even if you become incapacitated.
  • Powers of Attorney: A durable power of attorney allows you to designate a person who has the authority to make decisions on your behalf, which is especially important if you are mentally incapacitated and unable to make decisions on your own. Your chosen attorney-in-fact, often a spouse or other trusted family member, can manage your property and finances as well as your personal care.
  • Advance Health Care Directive: An advance health care directive includes your living will, which specifies your preferences for medical care, treatment, and life-sustaining measures if you are incapacitated, as well as a power of attorney for someone who can make decisions specifically related to your healthcare if an issue arises that your living will does not address.

Contact a Bay Area Estate Planning Attorney For First Responders

We believe that for first responders, estate planning truly cannot wait. Your end-of-life care and your family's well-being may depend on having the necessary measures in place to account for your death or incapacitation, whether that happens after a long life or due to an untimely incident. We will do everything in our power to make our services accessible to you, starting with a free consultation when you contact us at 415-534-1200. We can meet at your station, your home, or another convenient location of your choice throughout San Francisco, the Peninsula, the North Bay, the East Bay, and the entire Bay Area.

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