Skilled Help For Your Estate Planning Needs
Whether you are planning some tough end-of-life decisions or whether you are dealing with the loss of family member, we can help.
We provide comprehensive estate planning services for you and your spouse to ensure that you have an effective estate plan in place for you in your twilight years.
Wills and Trusts
We will help you realize your estate planning and property succession goals by crafting a Will, and where appropriate a trust agreement, to ensure that your estate will be administered in accordance with your wishes.
Powers of attorney
We will also prepare powers of attorney that designate a decision maker who can make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer capable of making those decisions yourself. These powers of attorney under certain circumstances permit your agent to make financial decisions on your behalf as well as health care decisions in the event you unable to articulate your desires on those matters.
Living Will / Advanced Directives
No estate plan is complete without also considering true end-of-life decisions with respect to the continuation of life support systems, artificial nourishment, and donation of anatomical parts for the advancement of science. We can explain the ins and outs of a living will and determine whether it should become part of your estate plan.
Probate proceedings take place in the district court and are designed to provide an efficient way of administering the decedent’s estate that the estate assets and obligations are inventoried and accounted for, to ensure that legitimate creditors are paid, to identify the estate beneficiaries, and to ensure that estate assets are properly distributed to heirs and legatees. We will be there every step of the way to assist and advise the personal representative (executor or executrix) in administering the probate estate. Our services also include ensuring that non-probate assets are properly disposed of, such as insurance beneficiary designations, dealing with jointly held property with survivorship rights, and investment portfolios.
There may be times that a will contest is in order. There may be legitimate questions regarding the validity of the will, the testamentary capacity of the testator, or whether the testator fell victim to undue influence. There may be questions regarding the testator’s intent regarding an omitted child, or spouse. You need the assistance of a competent attorney to help you navigate these issues and to ensure that your rights are protected.
During this difficult time, rest assured that we will be there with you every step of the way, that we will be sensitive to your needs during this difficult time, and that we will do whatever we can to address your questions and concerns as the probate case is resolved.