Estate Planning

Creating the best estate plan
Our attorneys review your family arrangements, financial situation and philosophical goals to advise you on the best approach to planning your estate. We thoroughly analyze your objectives and strategize the best means of:
  • Transferring your assets
  • Minimizing taxes
  • Establishing guardianship for your minor children
  • Supporting personal philanthropic causes
  • Caring for your pets
  • Protecting your loved ones
Writing your last will and testament
A will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your loved ones and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your minor children and even what happens to your beloved pet — decisions that might not reflect your desires. Our attorneys can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored. Establishing a living trust
We evaluate whether specific legal tools can benefit your estate and discuss your many options. Also called a revocable trust, a living trust can provide for continued care of minor children or an incapacitated family member. If your assets are held in a living trust, your heirs may avoid probate, which expedites the distribution of assets and keeps the estate’s information out of the public records. Our attorneys can prepare the documents necessary to establish a trust that is tailored to your personal needs. Choosing a guardian for your child
When devising your estate plan, the care of your children is likely your foremost concern. We advise you on making crucial decisions about the financial support, protection and well-being of your children — including naming a guardian who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies.