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Estate / Probate Law

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Estate/Probate Law

Estate and Probate Law is the practice of law dealing with all aspects of the analysis and planning for the conservation and disposition of estates, giving due consideration to the applicable tax consequences, both federal and state; the preparation of legal instruments to effectuate estate plans; administering estates, including tax related matters, both federal and state; and probate litigation.

Estate Planning is an essential tool that should be considered through all stages of life. It is important to consider and plan for tax implications and disposition of assets before illness or death occurs. Everyone has a unique situation when it comes to this planning. Our attorneys will take the time to meet with you and gather a comprehensive understanding of your specific needs and desires.
Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney are instruments that effectuate your estate plan. While it is unpleasant to think about, all of us at some point will experience illness and/or death. These documents, along with others, clearly state your desires to your loved ones if a situation arises that you are unable to do so. We can help you authorize someone to handle your affairs, clearly state your wishes for medical treatment and how you want your assets to be distributed after passing.
Once a loved one has passed it can be difficult to navigate through the process of their final affairs. Our firm has a history of helping our clients through this process with compassion and understanding. We offer summary administration for smaller estates that qualify, and formal administration for larger estates that are complex and contain a range of assets.
When an individual has not completed any Estate Planning and becomes unable to make either financial or personal decisions because of incapacity, it may be necessary for a court of law to appoint a guardian for that person and/or their assets. We can help the loved ones of such an individual navigate the process of having a guardian named by the court and assist in the administration of the guardianship.

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