Wills & Estate Planning: We assist with careful, strategic estate planning to help protect you and your family, no matter what life brings. Practically speaking, an estate plan can guide your loved ones on vital decisions if you are incapacitated and it can facilitate a smooth transition of your assets upon your death. Effective estate planning can ensure that your wishes are carried out and help you pass your assets and values on to future generations. Should your estate be subject to estate tax, we can draft tax planning wills, trusts and other vehicles which can help to minimize your exposure to estate tax.
Probate & Estate Administration: We offer committed and caring assistance to families and individuals who would like assistance with probate and estate administration. Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person's estate. Probate resolves all claims and distributes the deceased person's property, either under a valid will or in the absence of one. The probate court decides on the validity of a testator's (deceased person's) Will, interprets the instructions of the deceased, appoints an executor or personal representative of the estate, and then rules on the interests of heirs and other parties who may have claims against the estate. In addition, we can help a surviving spouse and/or minor children determine if it would be in their best interest to file a Petition for Year's Support.