A Full Array Of Wills, Trusts And Probate Services
Attorney Hannah Burdine offers comprehensive advice and assistance in the areas of estate planning and administration. A clear understanding of estate laws that pertain to your circumstances will help you take the right steps as you design customized estate planning tools or prepare to administer a loved one’s estate. Peace of mind through thoughtful estate planning or guidance in estate administration can be invaluable.
Estate planning is not only for wealthy people. It is a vital part of financial planning and management for anyone. Even a simple will can prevent legal troubles that typically come when someone dies intestate (without a will). Creating a will and other testamentary documents allows you to care for your loved ones in advance and protect assets through whatever twists and turns life may take.
Get Customized Counsel
Burdine Law welcomes inquiries from people of all ages and income levels seeking estate planning counsel regarding any of the following:
- A will
- One or more trusts
- Powers of attorney
- An advance health care directive (a living will)
If you have recently married, become a parent, gotten divorced, moved from out of state or become a business owner, this is a good time to review your estate plan. You may opt to add or subtract beneficiaries and otherwise bring your estate plan up to date with changes in your personal and family circumstances.
Learn About Wills
A will is the most essential estate planning document in most cases. It may be simple or complex. It may incorporate one or more trusts. It may name preferred guardians in case minor children are left without living parents. You may need to update your will after moving from out of state or after a change in your family such as a divorce or the starting of a business. Even if you believe your assets are all in trusts, you should still have a pour-over will to cover any assets that may come to your estate near the end of your life.
Trusts help many families avoid probate, saving time, money and aggravation after a death. Trusts are especially of interest to people with middle to upper income levels who are concerned about wealth management. Trusts can be used for asset protection, as a way to shelter income. For example, if you are sued after a traffic accident, if your assets are in trusts, they would not be easily reached in a lawsuit.
A conversation with Ms. Burdine can help determine whether you should create a revocable living trust, an irrevocable trust, a special needs trust, a generation skipping trust or another type suited to your needs.
A special needs trust can provide for your disabled child, such as a son or daughter with Down syndrome, to enable them to stay eligible for government assistance while still having provisions for a better quality of life.
A Miller trust may offer protection when the state tries to recoup assets from an estate after someone who was receiving government benefits dies.
A trust can be used instead of or coordinated with a premarital agreement when someone will bring substantial assets into a marriage. Prenups sometimes cause resentments, but a trust may achieve similar objectives by allowing for greater separation and protection of assets without the stigma of a prenup. A trust is also easier to create than a prenup and assets in a trust are generally better sheltered from litigation in case of a divorce.
Understand Estate Administration
Lawyer Helen Burdine is ready to advise you on probate and estate administration processes, including situations such as the following:
- If you are the executor (personal representative) for an estate
- If you wish to contest a will or need to defend a will against a legal challenge
- If you are a party to probate litigation as a plaintiff or defendant
Plan For Or Establish A Guardianship Or Conservatorship
A family member or another person in your life may need a guardian or conservator for the management of health, general welfare and/or financial matters. For example, Burdine Law can help you pursue and establish the legal protection of a guardianship for a child or a conservatorship for an adult with a disability such as Alzheimer’s.
Turn To A Trustworthy Advisor
At our law firm, you will find listening ears and clear guidance regarding any aspect of estate planning or estate administration. To schedule a consultation, call (615) 922-3399 or complete our simple inquiry form.