Estate Planning Team Leader: Chris Jeter
It is neither difficult nor expensive to protect your assets and your family’s future with an estate plan. In creating an effective estate plan, you can have peace of mind that your loved ones will receive your property and understand your last wishes. You can protect your estate while minimizing tax consequences and preserving assets for your beneficiaries.
The Estate Planning Team of Massillamany & Jeter LLP counsels and assists clients in planning for the disposition of their estates, including the preparation of wills, trust documents, living wills and life-prolonging procedures declarations. In addition, the Firm handles all aspects of probate and estate administration. Probate is the legal process by which a court determines and carries out the provisions of a deceased person’s will. The provisions of the will determine how the decedent’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon death. Estate administration includes the probate process, as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased’s assets, such as life insurance, annuities, and trust assets, and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements.
Estate planning usually starts with drafting a will or a trust, but there are other important documents you may want to include as well, called “advance directives,” which allow you to communicate your wishes for medical care and to give decision-making authority to a trusted friend or family member. Our attorneys are ready to help you consider all the issues involved in preparing these important documents. We will take the time to understand you, your family situation, and your goals in estate planning, to ensure your wishes are respected.
Unfortunately, sometimes a party must rely on the legal system to ensure that a decedent’s wishes are carried out properly. Our attorneys have extensive experience in trust and probate litigation on behalf of beneficiaries, trustees, and personal representatives. We use our trust and estate litigation experience on behalf of beneficiaries and trustees alike to make sure that the probate process is done correctly and fairly.
Whether guiding you through the probate process, executing a Last Will & Testament or representing you in litigation, the Estate Planning Team of Massillamany & Jeter LLP offers practical solutions for even the most complex problems. Call now for a free consultation.