Estate Planning Services
Estate planning is the creation of a definite plan for managing your wealth while you’re alive and distributing it after your death. These assets may be owned by you separately or jointly with others.
Wills and Trusts
Although a comprehensive estate plan may ultimately include a wide variety of estate planning tools and strategies, two of the most basic tools are a Last Will and Testament and a trust agreement. If you are new to estate planning, learning more about wills and trusts is a good place to start because you will likely use either a will or a trust as the foundation for your estate plan.
Special Needs Planning
Families who have a family member with a disability must plan for the future very carefully. How assets are left after your death can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life for that person. In the past, a Will may have been enough, but times have changed. To protect a person with special needs, a well-defined estate plan is vital.
Incapacity planning is a broad area of law that covers how you are cared for if you become physically or mentally unable to care for yourself. The type of care could range from simple tasks like buying groceries, paying bills, and handling financial matters to more important decisions such as selling real estate, gifting assets to your children, or making critical medical decisions.
Trust Administration & Probate
If your family has experienced the loss of a family member, our law firm can assist you with the legal process that occurs when a loved one passes away. Our law firm strongly believes that a wisely drafted, carefully executed estate plan is the critical component of a family’s wealth management. Our firm’s guiding principle is to provide families with quality Trust Administration and Probate services tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals.
When a Loved One Passes Away
The loss of a loved one is never easy to accept. The time immediately following a loved one’s passing is filled with grief and strong emotions. Understandably, it can be difficult to focus on the practical tasks that need to be handled as a result of the loss.
The best things in life aren’t things. Such a simple statement, but it holds so much meaning and intent. We know there is value in our financial assets, but more importantly, there is even greater value in our family treasures like family history, morals, beliefs and heirlooms. These treasured assets are the ones that are most often overlooked in traditional estate planning.
IRA & Retirement Planning
At first glance, the concept of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), 401(k)’s and other retirement plans seems simple enough: A structured way to save for your golden years while deferring taxes on your growing nest egg. Unfortunately, that simple idea becomes one of the most complex areas of estate planning once IRS rules are applied.
Financial Planning Assistance
Our law firm’s philosophy has always been to help families preserve their wealth and achieve their long-term financial goals. The coordination of the estate plan and financial plan is vital.
LGBT Estate Planning
Estate planning is critical for everyone: single, married, straight and LGBT. However, for the LGBT community, estate planning provides protections to help guard against discrimination when people are reluctant to recognize your relationship, even if you are married.
Michael Crichton is one of the bestselling authors and screenwriters of all time. His estate was worth many millions of dollars when he died at age 66, leaving behind a pregnant wife. Crichton had a Will and a Trust, but they had not been reviewed or updated. So, they did not mention the son who would be born just months after Crichton’s death.