Wills and Probate Attorneys
Although it may be an uncomfortable topic, executing a will is one of the most important actions you can take during your lifetime. By thoughtfully assessing your estate while you are still alive, you have the peace of mind knowing that when you pass away, the people and things that you care about will be protected.
Why Consult a Wills and Probate Attorney?
Obtaining legal advice and representation regarding your will can be beneficial in many situations, including the following:
- Your estate consists of considerable assets and requires tax planning to mitigate the effects of estate tax.
- Your plans are more complex than just naming people to inherit property.
- A beneficiary requires long-term care.
- The will is being contested, or you have concerns about somebody contesting the will.
Probate can also be a difficult situation to navigate, particularly if someone died intestate (without a will), no executor is named, or a will is contested. You may also need help understanding probate laws and procedures. Other complicated situations may include:
- There are complex tax situations regarding distribution of assets.
- There is excessive debt on the estate.
- There is uncertain or unclear wording in a will.
- Property has been left to a minor.
You may also elect to establish a living trust, thereby avoiding probate altogether. In all these cases, working with an experienced wills and probate attorney can be very helpful.
Vaught & Boutris can handle your wills and probate work with expertise, tact, and sensitivity. If you’d like to learn more, our attorneys would be happy to speak with you.