Trusts & Estates
Our lawyers are pleased to offer clients legal expertise in all aspects of planning for their futures, and providing for the ones they love, by working with them to create trusts, wills, living wills, and powers of attorney and appointment. Our attorneys understand that every client's most important estate-planning goal is to ensure that his or her personal matters and financial affairs are appropriately handled upon his or her death or disability.
Importantly, we assist clients in determining their goals and objectives, and provide them with customized estate plans that are designed to meet all of their desires and objectives. Our lawyers explain the benefits of an estate plan in "plain English," and make sure that our clients are comfortable with the services they are receiving. Our experience and expertise often enable our clients to reduce or eliminate death taxes and avoid probate.
Many people are unsure if, or when, they should seek the advice of a lawyer in planning for their futures. If you have property or children, have recently been married or divorced, or wish to make a special bequest to a friend or relative, you should make or update your will. Our estate-planning lawyers help clients with wills and living trusts, to ensure that their property is distributed according to their wishes.
Significantly, by setting up a living trust, a client may avoid probate. Much like a will, a living trust will describe what happens to your property in the event of your death. While you are alive, you remain in control and have the power to change the trust at any time. Setting up a living trust allows you to avoid the expense and long delays of probate, and may even save you money on taxes.
Another important reason to meet with an estate-planning lawyer is to set forth, in a legal document, your wishes regarding your healthcare in the event you are rendered unconscious or otherwise unable to state your wishes to medical providers. Our lawyers can help you draft a document that will help your family and medical providers make important decisions regarding your care if you are unable to do so.