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Trust & Estate Law

You don’t expect to be incapacitated. You don’t expect to be suddenly unable to manage your own affairs. When the unexpected happens, it’s important to have your affairs in order. An experienced trust and estate attorney can help lay the groundwork for the contingencies that will protect your dignity and wishes when you cannot advocate for yourself.

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A Plan For The Unplannable

When you hear the terms “trust” or “estate” they may call to mind images of funerals and death. However, there are a number of uses for a trust and estate attorney while you are still living.

For example, a trust and estate attorney can help delegate someone to be vested with your power of attorney for medical or financial purposes. The person you choose to have your power of attorney should be someone that you trust and who clearly understands what you want for your health and your finances.

The power of attorney will activate if you become unable to act on your own. This could be due to a physical ailment, like an intense car accident, a medical condition such as a coma, or the development of a condition that hinders your ability to think clearly such as a type of dementia or Alzheimer’s. When you are legally incapable of acting in your own best interest, your power of attorney will assume control over your medical or financial situation in order to act as you have directed.

With an effective, well-constructed power of attorney, you can make sure that your affairs are maintained as you would have wanted. The best way to ensure that your power of attorney is airtight is a trust and estate attorney should be consulted.

In addition to securing power of attorney, trust and estate attorneys can help you protect your decisions in how you distribute your assets in your will. In the event that you wish to pass some of your assets to someone outside your family, out-of-state, or incapable of directly accepting it, a trust and estate attorney can create a legally binding contract to prevent other members of your family or beneficiaries in your will from contesting these decisions.

Helping You Seek Justice

Whether you are seeking to be proactive in the division of your estate, or you want to have a contingency in place to protect your dignity and assets should you be incapacitated, an experienced trust and estate attorney can be a lifesaving asset. Trust and estate attorneys specialize in wills, trusts, health care directives, probate, and financial power of attorney and can ensure that your wishes are enforced when you are unable to.

Unfortunately, the world of trust and estate planning is competitive and many unscrupulous trust and estate attorneys may try to approach you with plans that profit themselves rather than help you. Luckily, there is a solution: Attorney at Law.

At AAL we have a nationwide network of accredited attorneys and law firms who have an unimpeachable record for client care and ethical practices. At Attorney at Law, we ensure that every firm we partner with meets our strict accountability and ethical standards to guarantee that every one of our members will zealously fight for you and your rights.

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Trust & Estate Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a trust?

A trust is an agreement that establishes a relationship between a trustor, sometimes called the grantor, and a trustee. The grantor gives the trustee some assets or properties to hold until they are transferred to the final beneficiary. Trusts are used in estate planning to avoid the probate process and directly transfer property from the deceased to their chosen beneficiary.

Some trusts are established at the time of death, known as testamentary trusts, while other trusts are created while the grantor is living. These living trusts don’t have to transfer the property after the grantor has died. A living trust just needs a set series of requirements to be fulfilled.

2. What is a will?

A last will and testament, often shortened to just “will,” is a legal document written by an individual that expresses their intentions for assets, dependents, and other aspects of their estate after their death. Any individual who passes away without a last will and testament will be declared intestate and have their assets divided by the state.

Historically, wills have been recorded in a number of formats including written wills, verbal wills, or online wills. In the modern day, the laws of different states dictate what kind of wills are valid. State laws may control the format of the will, the number of witnesses required, or the notarization necessary for a valid will.

3. What are estate taxes?

State and federal estate taxes are flat taxes levied on the estate of a deceased individual. The total amount of assets is calculated as the gross estate of the deceased. Assets that make up the gross estate include annuities, businesses and shares of businesses, cash, financial securities, insurance policies, real estate, and trusts.

States each have their own estate taxes, but the federal government levies an estate tax of 37%. That is a high rate of taxation but few people ever pay it since the tax allows a deduction of up to $12.06 million. That means that unless the deceased has more than $12.06 million in assets, the estate tax is not a major concern.

4. Why is estate planning important?

Estate planning is the single most important undertaking that anyone does. If you have any property that you want to pass to a friend, organization, or distant family member, you will need to make sure that you put those wishes in a legally binding will. If you are intestate, meaning you do not have an estate plan, the government will assign an administrator to divide your assets according to state law. 

When an administrator divides your assets, they will settle your debts and distribute your remaining estate according to state law. Most state laws do not recognize the claims of unmarried partners, friends, or organizations as valid. Instead assets will be distributed to immediate family, distant family, or kept by the state. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to make a comprehensive estate plan.

5. How can I ensure my will or trust is managed according to my wishes?

If you are looking to enshrine your wishes in a will or trust, you will need the help of a trusts and estates attorney. An experienced trusts and estates attorney will be able to help you explore your options to ensure that your assets are distributed as you wish. The best place to find a trusts and estates attorney is Attorney at Law.

At AAL our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms allows us to match you with the best trusts and estates attorney in your area. Our attorneys have the experience, legal expertise, and local to help you explore your options and get you the outcome you deserve. In addition to legal expertise, our attorneys also excel in client care. Our firms ensure that their clients are cared for and questions are answered.

Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a complimentary consultation and secure your future.

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