A well-considered and drafted estate plan provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Be assured that your designated representative can manage your personal and financial affairs upon your incapacity or death and that your assets will be distributed according to your specific wishes. Most individuals and couples are well served by establishing a living trust, wills, powers of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives. Estate administrative services assist those clients who need help administering or terminating trusts or distributing assets through probate after the incapacity or death of a loved one.
Mediation provides a cost-effective and conflict-minimizing approach to resolving divorce issues for those couples who are open to the idea of a reasonable settlement of property, support, and custody issues with a single mediator. Collaborative law provides an option for clients who desire individual legal representation by an attorney, yet are committed to resolving issues outside of the courtroom.
Divorce is a stressful and expensive proposition regardless of whether it is amicable or highly conflicted. Representation by an experienced family law litigator can maximize your chances of settling on favorable terms or litigating only those issues which warrant it.
Discussing and memorializing an agreement with your prospective or current spouse now can avoid conflict, uncertainty, and expense in the future. If you have assets or income that you wish to protect from the potential claims of a spouse or his or her creditors, a carefully drafted agreement can assist in accomplishing these goals.
When someone dies and has assets that are to be distributed outside of a trust, a probate proceeding is often necessary. The assistance of a probate attorney will ensure the probate process handled correctly and that the payment of debts and distribution of assets to beneficiaries occurs as required.
There are specific court proceedings available to establish the authority of a person to act on the behalf of another who is in need of assistance managing their personal or financial affairs. When an adult over the age of 18 needs such assistance, engaging an attorney experienced in this area helps ensure that a conservator is appointed in an efficient and timely manner. When children under the age of 18 do not have a parent capable of their care, similar assistance is available in establishing a guardianship.
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