One of the most important documents you sign during your lifetime may well be your
Last Will and Testament. This document will not only govern the distribution of your
assets at the time of your death, but will also control the person responsible for
identifying your assets, paying your debts, and making those distributions.

For many people, a simple will is all that they will need. Estate planning, however, goes
beyond the simple will to assist you in achieving your wishes after your death. Perhaps
there are minor or incompetent children who are not yet responsible enough to receive a
large inheritance. In those instances, you may want to consider a trust to manage your
assets until they reach maturity. In many instances, the probate process can be avoided or
minimized by the use of estate planning tools such as joint ownership, transfer on death
deeds, and payable on death accounts. Our experienced estate planning attorneys can help
you to formulate a plan to meet your wishes while minimizes taxes and costs to your
loved ones.

If a loved one has died with or without a will, we can assist you to transfer all types of
assets, including those which require the approval of the Probate Court through the
probate process. Probate involves the appointment of a personal representative (often
called an Executor) who is responsible for gathering your assets, paying your bills and
making distributions in accordance with the will or the laws of descent and distribution if
no will was present. The death of a loved one is a highly emotional and stressful event.
Allow our attorney to relieve some of that stress by assisting you in the probate process.