Estate Planning Basics

Congratulations on your decision to leave this important legacy to your family and loved ones.  Your estate plan will make the management of your estate clear.  Without an estate plan, the government decides what happens to your property and children.  Our Columbia, TN Estate Planning attorneys are available to guide you through the estate planning process.

It may be unpleasant to think about, but keep in mind that the difficult decisions you make today will save your family and loved ones from the stress of uncertainty should they otherwise have to guess at your wishes.

The typical estate plan consists of four basic documents:

  • Last Will & Testament
  • General Durable Power of Attorney
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Advanced Medical Directive (Living Will)

Last Will & Testament

The most important tool in your estate plan.

Created Specifically For You

The primary document that everyone 18 and above needs.

General Durable Power of Attorney

Appoint someone to look after your business affairs when you're not able to.

A Broad and Powerful Document

Your agent will take care of things when you can’t or choose not to.

Health Care Power of Attorney

Your trusted agent makes the important medical decisions when you aren't able to.

Ensure your medical wishes are carried out

Appoint someone who knows how you want to be cared for and treated.

Living Will

Spare your loved ones from making the decision only you can.

AKA Advanced Medical Directive

Provide documentation ahead of time so your doctors know if you desire (should the situation arise) to be kept on life support.

More Information on the Basic Four Estate Planning Documents

Click on the tabs to the right to learn more about the four essential documents that we include in all estate plans.


If you’re ready to ensure that your legacy continues and your affairs are in order, click the button to the right to get in touch with one of our estate planning attorneys.