Families and individuals that have acquired wealth, or are in the process of acquiring property through their peak investment and earning years, should give serious thought to protecting their property through effective estate planning. An estate plan is not simply a piece of paper; it is peace of mind.
If you or your family have an estate, no matter the size, it is important to preserve what you have worked a life-time to accumulate for the benefit of your family. Life-altering events such as divorce, incarceration and death bring this planning, or lack of it, into sharp focus.
Our law firm is experienced in assessing a family’s or an individual’s estate planning needs and providing reasonably affordable instruments customized to meet those needs for our clients.
Whether you are seeking long-term life planning, or are forced to protect family assets in reaction to a life-altering event, our law firm is prepared to serve your legal needs. Our firm has decades of experience in planning for a transfer of wealth within a family from one generation to the next generation.
Often, members of our families are rendered incompetent either through the aging process or by a mental illness. The incapacitated individual may no longer be able to manage their own affairs and can become a danger to themselves or to others. In such cases, a guardianship or a conservatorship may be appropriate. Our law firm has attorneys who can assist you with the necessary petitions to acquire this status for your family member or loved one.
We are also skilled in keeping you out of court. Our lawyers can design customized trust instruments to preserve your assets and to avoid the probate court. Clients often come to us, however, when a loved one has died and probating the estate cannot be avoided. Some of our clients are forced to litigate in probate court due to intractable disputes among family members. Either way, your legal needs are served in an efficient and affordable manner by our experienced litigation lawyers.
Our law firm can prepare the following trust and estate planning documents tailored to your specific probate and testamentary needs:
- simple will
- revocable living trust
- post-divorce or “second-marriage” trust instruments
- life insurance trust
- special needs trust
- power of attorney for financial affairs
- medical power of attorney
- living wills
- guardianships for incapacitated minors or adults
- conservatorships for incapacitated minors or adults
- probating an estate for persons who have died with or without a will
- ante-nuptial or postnuptial agreements
- probate court litigation
- elder law issues
Our law firm’s reasonable legal fees and flexible payment options will minimize the cost of your estate planning and provide you with the peace of mind that comes with a sound and properly executed estate plan.