Estate planning is as varied as the individuals seeking legal counsel. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys is experienced at promoting an individual's estate planning objectives while minimizing their exposure to taxes and uncertainty. We are able to assist our clients in planning for their elder years by providing Medicare planning and special needs that may confront the modern family. We also assist clients to establish special directives that distribute their assets after their death to their specifications. Wills and trusts are used to accomplish these goals, although estate planning oftentimes includes the establishment of a power of attorney and healthcare representative, among other things.
At death when an individual dies with or without a will, his or her estate should be administered and the will probated under the directions of a court of competent jurisdiction and by the appointment of a personal representative. We can provide legal counsel to your personal representatives in order to create the legal documents necessary to open the estate and appoint a personal representative, assist in the distribution of liquid property, and pay taxes, if applicable.
In the event that an individual feels an estate plan has not been carried out appropriately, we can draw on our litigation experience, a foundation of Kightlinger & Gray, LLP, to see a matter through litigation.
Our team has experience in the following areas:
- Estate planning
- Tax planning relating to an estate plan
- Asset protection planning
- Life insurance planning
- Lifetime gift programs
- Living wills
- Power of attorney and healthcare representative nominations
- Revocable living trusts
- Litigation involving wills, estates, and trusts
- Estate administration
- Probate administration
- Elder planning
- Medicare planning