Good planning can mean the difference between having your wishes followed regarding medical decisions and the distribution of assets after your death, or forcing the courts to get involved. With proper planning, you can limit how much of your estate must be probated, allowing more of your assets to go to your heirs and beneficiaries, and minimizing estate taxes.
Greg Abel provides close, personal attention to his estate planning clients, offering a full range of services to help clients make sure their wishes are followed including:
No matter how old or young you are or how little or much you have, it is important to have in place the appropriate estate planning documents in the event something unforeseen happens to you. If you die, do you want a judge deciding who will take care of your children or do you want to make that decision? Do you want the legislature deciding how your estate will be divided or do you want to direct those decisions? Taking the time now to plan ahead is one of the greatest gifts you can give for those you leave behind.
You never know what each day will bring. You could wake up fine, but by the end of the day be unable to manage your affairs as a result of a stroke, heart attack or accident. Without a proper Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions and for one for Financial Decisions, your family would have to hire an attorney to start a guardianship so decisions could be made for your medical care and to take care of your financial affairs. This takes time and is expensive. Proper Powers of Attorney documents can eliminate the need for a guardianship. If you are in a coma with no chance of survival, do you want a machine maintaining your life? Who makes the decision to keep you on the machines or to turn off the life-support equipment? Don’t make your family members decide on their own. You can tell them ahead of time exactly what your final wishes are with a Health Care Directive.
Not every estate requires a probate when someone dies. I can help you and your family through this process. Over the years, our office has handled hundreds of estates, some requiring probate and some not. Probate is simply the process of legally settling the affairs of a deceased’s estate. I will work with you at each step along the way to help you and your family through the process. I am committed to helping keep the probate costs down. In some cases, disputes among family members arise. Sometimes the only way to resolve those issues is through litigation. I will be there to advocate for your case through the entire process, working for the best resolution for you and your family.