Estate Planning

Estate PlanningOur Trusts and Estates attorneys provide a full range of Estate Planning services to individuals and families ranging from those of modest means to those of substantial wealth. Estate Planning starts with an analysis of your assets and liabilities, your tax and non-tax concerns including family considerations and a review of your overall objectives. It also includes planning for management of your personal and financial affairs in the event of incapacitation. Your estate planning documents should include a will or trust that addresses your tax and non-tax concerns, a general durable power of attorney and an advance directive or health care proxy (medical power of attorney and living will). This is also a good time to consider the impact upon your family and estate of long term health care costs and, in particular, care in a custodial nursing home.

Once you have completed your Basic Estate Planning and you have in place wills or a trust appropriate to your circumstances, General Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives or Living Wills, it is time to turn your attention to more advanced planning techniques to minimize or even eliminate estate and inheritance taxes that remain. Your choices range from doing nothing and simply paying any tax that may come due, through implementing complex and often cutting-edge tax reduction techniques.

The laws that apply to many of the available estate planning techniques are constantly changing. An attorney who focuses his practice in this area will help you and your family implement a comprehensive plan.

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