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Estate Planning

Estate Planning:

Secure your legacy and protect your loved ones’ futures through strategic estate planning. Our firm offers comprehensive estate planning services tailored to your unique needs. From drafting wills and trusts to addressing tax implications and healthcare directives, we provide personalized solutions to safeguard your assets and ensure your wishes are carried out effectively.

Revocable trusts offer more control and flexibility to the grantor during their lifetime, whereas irrevocable trusts provide stronger asset protection and tax benefits but require relinquishing control over the assets.

Choosing between revocable and irrevocable trusts depends on the client’s specific goals, such as asset protection, tax efficiency, or Medicaid planning.

Revocable Trust vs. Irrevocable Trust:

A revocable trust, also known as a living trust, allows the grantor (the person creating the trust) to retain control over the assets placed into the trust during their lifetime. Key features include:

  • Flexibility: The grantor can modify or revoke the trust at any time during their lifetime.
  • Avoidance of Probate: Assets held in a revocable trust generally avoid the probate process, which can streamline estate distribution and maintain privacy.
  • Asset Management: The grantor can continue to manage the trust assets as the trustee (or appoint a successor trustee) until their incapacity or passing.

An irrevocable trust is a type of trust that cannot be modified or revoked once it's established, except under limited circumstances. Important aspects include:

  • Asset Protection: Assets transferred into an irrevocable trust are typically shielded from creditors and legal claims.
  • Estate Tax Planning: Irrevocable trusts can be used to minimize estate taxes by removing assets from the grantor’s taxable estate.
  • Medicaid Planning: Assets placed in certain irrevocable trusts may not be considered as part of the grantor’s assets for Medicaid eligibility purposes.

Last Will and Testament:

A Last Will and Testament, commonly referred to as a will, is a crucial legal document that allows you to specify your wishes for the distribution of your assets and the care of your heirs after your passing. Our firm provides comprehensive Last Will and Testament services to help you effectively plan for the future and ensure your intentions are carried out.

We assist clients in drafting clear and legally valid wills that accurately reflect their wishes regarding asset distribution, appointment of executors, and guardianship of minor children. Our experienced attorneys provide personalized estate planning advice to help you make informed decisions about your estate and minimize tax liabilities. We offer will reviews and updates to ensure your will remains up-to-date and reflects any changes in your life circumstances or estate planning goals. In the event of your passing, we provide guidance to your executor or beneficiaries in navigating the probate process and administering your estate according to your will.

Planning for the distribution of your assets and the protection of your loved ones through a Last Will and Testament is a critical step in estate planning. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start safeguarding your legacy.

Probate Administration:

Probate administration is the legal process of settling a deceased person’s estate under the supervision of the court. This process involves:

  • Identifying and Inventorying Assets: Gathering and valuing the decedent’s assets, including real estate, investments, bank accounts, and personal property.
  • Notifying Creditors and Resolving Debts: Providing notice to creditors and managing the repayment of outstanding debts and expenses from the estate.
  • Distribution of Assets: Distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries according to the decedent’s will or state law if there is no will (intestacy).
  • Court Supervision: The probate court oversees the administration to ensure that the decedent’s debts are paid, and assets are distributed correctly.

Probate administration can be complex and time-consuming, involving legal filings, estate valuation, creditor notifications, and distribution of assets. PPGMR is experienced in guiding clients through the probate process efficiently and with compassion, helping to navigate potential challenges and ensuring compliance with legal requirements. Whether you are an executor, administrator, beneficiary, or heir, our team is here to provide knowledgeable legal counsel and representation throughout the probate proceedings.