Estate Planning

We provide many services relating to Estate Planning including: Wills, Trusts, Estate Taxes, Probate proceedings, Guardianship, Estate Administration. The articles below are meant to give you a general sense of the kinds of services we provide. Please contact us so that we may be able to help you with your specific matter.

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  • The Lawyer's Role in Estate Administration. None of us likes to think about death. We're not wild about the paperwork and procedures, either. Administering the estate of a deceased person (decedent) unfortunately involves death and taxes and careful accounting and attention to detail. Many people lighten the load on themselves by using a lawyer's services at this difficult time. This also assures that the job is done right.
  • Special Considerations in Estate Planning. Not so long ago, the "typical" estate planning situation was of a married couple of moderate income with children. But increasingly, there is no typical American living arrangement. Plenty of us require special arrangements in our will, trust or other parts of our estate plan.
  • Estate Planning Can Save You Time and Trouble. Want a good return on your investment? Put a little time into planning your estate, and you and your family will receive big benefits.
  • Legal Update for Estate Planning. "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is a tremendously popular TV show right now, but in real life a good question is, "Are you ready to be a millionaire?" A surprising number of us are, making long-term planning--and especially estate planning--a must.
  • What You Should Know About Guardianship, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney for Older People and Their Families. Adults who become incapable of caring for themselves, their property or thier dependents may have a guardian appointed for them. However, guardianship can be avoided through the use of living wills and powers of attorney. In such circumstances, personal preferences can be respected without the need for court-appointed guardians.
  • New Tax Law Makes Estate Planning More Necessary. Mark Twain once responded to a premature obituary by remarking, "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." The same could be said of recent reports of the death of estate taxes. For one thing, the federal estate tax is still with us, and will be with us in some form until the year 2010. Then it is repealed for a yea, but just a year. Unless Congress acts, it goes back into effect in 2011. Add in many possibilites for changes in the federal law over the years, to say nothing of possible changes in the way states assess estate taxes, and it's clear that we have as much reason to plan out estates as before, if not more reason.