There are a couple of reasons why you might be putting off estate planning. Perhaps you mistakenly assume that estate planning is only for the uber-wealthy. Or maybe you find the concept of end-of-life planning too morbid to contemplate. However, you need to understand that early estate planning is imperative if you want to protect and provide for your loved ones in your absence.
The caring and experienced professionals at Curtis Law Firm provide the supportive guidance you need to put your affairs in order and plan for the unexpected. Whether you want to ensure that your estate is passed on to a partner, children, extended family, or charity at the time of your death, the expert attorneys at Curtis Law Firm can offer options and advice that perfectly suit your needs and guarantee a smooth transition for your loved ones as they struggle through the emotional difficulties of loss.
There are several options to explore when it comes to estate planning, including:
Trusts are legal arrangements involving a trustor/grantor, a trustee, and beneficiaries. The trustor (you) places assets like wealth and property into a trust structure that is managed by a chosen trustee (such as an attorney or a qualified loved one) until such time as it is passed on to your chosen beneficiary or beneficiaries, say, at the time of your death.
With help from the experts at Curtis Law Firm, you can arrange to retain use of assets in trust during your lifetime, and they will avoid the probate process, including probate costs and public record, going straight to beneficiaries at the time of your death.
A last will and testament is a legal document that makes your end-of-life wishes known. It’s best used to pass along items with little monetary value, since probate costs are based on the value of the estate. You can also use a will to establish guardianship for minor children. Wills work best when paired with trusts to protect valuable assets, and the legal professionals at Curtis Law Firm can help you to create both.
Navigating the probate process, by which your assets are distributed according to your legally stated wishes following your death, can be difficult for whomever you assign as executor of your will. Whether you decide to assign this task to a qualified attorney or you simply want a legal representative to assist the trusted family member or friend you name as executor, the professionals at Curtis Law Firm are on your side.
The probate process doesn’t always go smoothly, and anyone facing legal battles like a contestation of the will can partner with the talented and experienced attorneys at Curtis Law Firm to protect and carry out the wishes of the decedent.
Having a plan for the succession of your family business is essential to ensuring uninterrupted operations. The experts at Curtis Law Firm can help you put the right succession plan in place so you can seamlessly transfer ownership and management of your business when you retire or if you pass away.
Members of the LGBT community may face unique challenges when it comes to estate planning. The experienced attorneys at Curtis Law Firm can help you create the estate planning you need to complete end-of-life planning and ensure that your loved ones are cared for in your absence.
Transferring ownership of guns doesn’t have to be difficult when you have a gun trust in place. Instead of allowing local law enforcement to confiscate guns when you pass away, the qualified attorneys at Curtis Law Firm can help you to legally transfer titles to beneficiaries through gun trusts, ensuring compliance with all federal and state gun laws.