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Few things are as difficult as dealing with the loss of a loved one or close friend. Our utmost goal is to ensure that the necessary legal processes that follow are handled efficiently, effectively and with as little stress to our clients as possible. We are here to help and would be happy to talk with you.

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Probate | Estate Planning | Administration


Why Estate Planning?

“Estate” does not equate to wealthy. Your estate is comprised of everything you own; your home, car, furniture, all your worldly possessions, your bank and investments accounts, retirement funds, life insurance. No matter how large or small, we all have an “estate” and we can’t take it with us.

If you do not have an estate plan or will, the state has one for you, and you probably will not like it. Your assets will be distributed according to probate laws, which vary from state to state. If you are married and have children the state will divide up your assets and may not leave enough for your spouse to survive on. Claims may be made against the estate which may delay any distribution and also lessen the settlements you had hoped for your spouse, children or preferred heir.

Estate Planning is for Everyone

Estate planning is not just for the wealthy, the more modest your assets the more likely a good plan is needed to avoid unnecessary losses of meager assets.

Estate planning is usually considered when we are close to retirement, but since we don’t know how long we will live it is best to plan early in life. Wills, trusts and estate plans can be edited from time to time based on changing needs and lives.

Estate Planning Details

Here are some often used planning documents:

  • Last Will & Testament
  • Trusts (All Types)
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives
  • Deeds (All Types)
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Funeral & Burial Instructions

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Settling an Estate

The death of a loved one is difficult enough to deal with, but now comes the task of settling financial and contractual commitments. This is primarily done through probate, a legal process administered through the court system. It includes:

  • Proving that the deceased persons will is valid
  • Appraisal of any property
  • Paying debts and taxes
  • Distribution of remaining assets
If you die without a will the court will appoint an executor to administer the estate. This will usually be the closest capable relative or the person who inherits the bulk of the estate. The executor will find, secure and manage your assets during the probate process.
You may want legal counsel to guide you through the process and file all necessary paperwork with the court.