Protect what you have built and leave a lasting legacy.

Life and Legacy Planning - A cut above traditional estate planning

Unlike a traditional estate plan that plans for your death, a life and legacy plan is a plan for your life. A life and  legacy plan allows you to:

 

  • Protect your assets should you become ill or incapacitated
  • Pre-decide medical treatment
  • Determine who will make health care decisions 
  • Communicate your wishes to your loved ones
  • Provide for loved ones should you become incapacitated or die
  • Leave a lasting legacy 
  • In most cases avoid or reduce probate costs 


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Attorney Laurie Giles has the experience and knowledge you need to get the results you deserve.

For nearly three decades Laurie Giles has practiced Trust and Estate law in Connecticut.  She is well-versed in drafting all estate planning documents including living trusts, living wills, health care POA, codicils and wills. Attorney Giles frequently serves as a continuing legal education lecturer, instructing attorneys. Lecture topics include estate planning and drafting.  Currently, her Trust and Estate practice focuses on life and legacy planning, ensuring that clients protect what they have built and leave a legacy of which they are proud.   

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At the Law Office of Laurie Giles you are not just a case number, you are part of our community.

From your first contact with our office, you will know that you are more than just a faceless case number. Whether it is our Client Service Director Doreen helping you locate resources, or Heidi our Paralegal helping you organize necessary documents, our staff is here to support you.  As part of our community you will:


  • Receive weekly case update emails 
  • Private access to our online client portal 
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Complimentary access to all webinars
  • Invitations to exclusive client events
  • Complimentary seating at Laurie Giles speaking engagements 

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How much you spend on legal fees and how you pay is your choice.

What is our hourly billable rate?  We don’t have one! We believe that the value of the service we provide should outweigh the fee charged. At the Law Office of Laurie Giles, we let you choose the spend based on what makes sense for your budget.  

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What our client's say about us

"A pleasure to work with". Laurie pays attention to detail and she is quick to reply whenever help is needed. She is knowledgeable, understanding and there for support when I come to her with questions and concerns regarding my case." Nina 2017

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Life & Legacy Planning FAQs

How long will the process take?  

Generally, final document execution is completed two-four weeks from the initial consultation.  


Which documents will be included in my life and legacy plan?

While the life and legacy plan is tailored to meet your specific needs, there are common documents.  These documents include:


  • Advance Directives 
  • Living Will
  • Durable Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Applicable Trust; living,QTIP, special needs, spendthrift
  • Wills and Codicils

Can my spouse and I have one set of documents?

Some documents must be individual; will, living will and durable healthcare power of attorney. Documents such as a living trust may be joint. 


I want to make a bequest to my children from a previous relationship, how can I do so? 

Such bequests are made and protected through a will or living trust. 


I already have a will, is it necessary to create a new one?

Documents already in place that still work should remain in place. 



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