Estate planning is critical to ensure assets are protected and that clients’ final wishes are followed. Unfortunately, creating an estate plan is often delayed or overlooked. Estate planning documents such as trusts, power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, and living wills can provide assurance that valuable assets are protected, minors and other heirs are provided for, fewer taxes are paid, and probate is avoided. Additional planning documents such as a living will and a financial or healthcare power of attorney, or power of attorney help our clients manage their own affairs while that person is still alive. At Gabriel Berry & Weston we work with our clients to create estate plans. Effective estate administration requires knowledge and experience of both probate and tax laws. Our estate administration responsibilities often include attending probate court proceedings, liquidating assets, satisfying debts, assuring proper distribution of assets, completing appropriate tax returns, and defending and/or prosecuting will contests alleging invalidity or misinterpretation.
- Estate Planning - Wills - Living wills - Revocable and irrevocable trusts and living trusts - Powers of attorney - Estate administration - Trust administration - Probate - Advice on elder law issues - Estate tax planning - Tax audits - Will challenges - Partition proceedings