One of our greatest strengths is that of the creation of estate plans which include living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, a living will, and related documents. On the other hand, though probate may have some drawbacks, you may prefer it for your estate. If so we can draw appropriate wills. Then the necessary documents are drafted for you in plain English. I will personally meet with you and do any follow up other than purely clerical items. I personally will prepare your documents. I offer a no charge 30 minute visit for estate plan consultations to help us to get to know each other and decide if, and how, we will do business together.
I have also, where necessary, litigated several cases involving trusts, wills, or intestate estates or their administration. One thing I have not had to do is to litigate the meaning of a document that I prepared nor am I aware of any need for litigation arising out of a document that I prepared.
Estate Planning seeks to determine and formulate a person, couple, or family’s dictates regarding property distribution after death and to anticipate a person’s needs in the event of future disability. Generally, the estate plans of a husband and wife are coordinated. A comprehensive plan may include trusts, wills, powers of attorney, Advanced Health Care Directives (Living Will) and supporting documents. Probate may be preferred. Business Owners will want to consider and plan the disposition of their business or its succession; whether within the family, with key associates or employees, or otherwise.
The creation of a Living Trust coupled with supporting documents is generally found to be the best vehicle to carry out a person’s wishes according his or her circumstances, desires and preferences. My office makes every effort to ensure the transfer all property, which needs to be titled in the name of the trust, is actually transferred into the trust before our job is complete.
Our estate planning services begin with a free half-hour consultation. Then I will suggest the work to be done, and quote a fixed price for attorney’s fees and costs, and set a firm completion date.