In South Carolina, a Will directs where you want your property, money, and belongings (your estate) to go after your death. Otherwise, if you die without a Will (intestate), then a court will follow South Carolina’s laws to determine who gets your estate. A Will also name the person you wish to serve as Personal Representative (PR). The PR is responsible for handling your estate, filing paperwork with the Probate Court, and distributing your estate according to your wishes.
Although your Last Will and Testament is the foundation for your comprehensive estate plan, creating trusts can help you achieve your estate planning goals and objectives.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that provides written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, medical affairs, business, or some other legal matter. Powers of Attorney can be useful to accomplish your estate planning goals.
A Health Care Power of Attorney gives another person (your designee) the legal authority to make health care decisions on your behalf if you should become incapacitated.
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