Estate Planning

When you decide to plan your estate, you want a professional who listens to you and helps you achieve your goals.  We have the experience and knowledge to assist you in creating a plan that will address the needs of your family both today and tomorrow.

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A proper estate plan addressing issues faced both during lifetime and at death will provide guidance to your loved ones and will be invaluable to them in the future.

A carefully designed estate plan will include some or all of the following:

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Last Will and Testament

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Revocable or Irrevocable Trust

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Durable Financial Power of Attorney

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Medical Power of Attorney

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Living Will (Declaration)

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Miscellaneous tools to reduce estate taxes where appropriate

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Special Needs Trusts to assure that beneficiaries who receive government benefits are not deprived of those benefits

Estate Planning and Probate

Estate planning does not just address what happens to your assets at your death.  It also addresses issues that we all face during our lifetime, such as disability.  Planning now can avoid placing additional stress on your family in the future.

We work with you to craft a plan and then create the documents you will need to further that plan.  This includes working with you in:

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Designating trusted persons to serve as medical and financial decision makers for you during your lifetime in the event you are not able to make your own decisions

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Structuring how to pass your assets at death most efficiently

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Assuring your wealth passes the way you want it to pass

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Designating trusted persons to handle the important responsibilities of:

  • Handling your estate after you are gone
  • Managing your trusts during your lifetime and after death
  • Serving as guardian for your minor children
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Planning for estate taxes should they apply

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Providing for family members with special needs

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Protecting beneficiaries who might not be responsible with wealth

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Planning for the transfer of your business at your retirement, disability or death

When the time comes, our professionals can assist your loved ones in the administration of your estate to make sure the plan you put into effect is completed.  We work hand-in-hand with them to help them through the probate process efficiently and expeditiously.