Frequently Asked Questions
I need a quote. Whom do I contact?
Why is it important to have an attorney draft a will?
What is probate? Can it be avoided?
What are powers of attorney? Why do I need them?
What is a trust? Aren't they just for wealthy people?
What are some of the benefits of a trust?
- The ability to determine when your beneficiaries inherit your assets, meaning you can select a trusted individual or entity to safeguard and invest an inheritance for a minor or young adult child whom you would rather not receive all their inheritance outright at the moment of your passing.
- Assets inherited in trust from a decedent are protected against ex-spouses of the beneficiary, so any concerns of leaving money to a child and then divorce allowing the in-law to make off with 50% of the inheritance are eliminated.
- Assets inherited in trust are also protected from bankruptcy proceedings, lawsuits, and creditors, permitting your beneficiary a level of financial security that is greatly desirable.
How long does it take to have documents drafted?
Someone I know died, and I was named executor in his/her will. What do I do?
Individuals often find themselves in this situation, whether it is a child acting on behalf of a deceased parent, a friend acting on behalf of a friend, etc. The probate process is a daunting undertaking, and doing it without the guidance of an attorney can be overwhelming and a source of liability. We offer to serve in your stead as executor or assist you in your capacity as the personal representative to ensure that you are in full compliance with all the legal requirements and documentation that will be asked of you and to make all proper decisions to limit your legal exposure to disgruntled heirs or relatives, and guarantee the most tax efficient and timely administration of the estate.