Do I Need an Estate Planning Attorney?

Sarah J. Randall

Author: Sarah J. Randall

POST DATE: 10.27.20
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Planning for your future and the future of your loved ones is difficult to ponder and is easy to put off. But it’s important to develop an estate plan regardless of your financial position or the state of your health. Completing your estate plan protects your loved ones in the event the unexpected happens.

The estate planning attorneys at Church Church Hittle + Antrim provide personalized, targeted estate plans for clients.

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What Does an Estate Planning Attorney Do?

An estate planning attorney can help you protect and preserve your assets during life and after death. In addition to making your estate plan, estate planning attorneys aid in managing, maintaining, and administering your estate plan.

The estate planning attorneys at CCHA develop estate plans providing clients control over their personal and financial situation. A good estate plan minimizes estate taxes. Additionally, creating a trust allows a client more control over the distribution of their estate. Without a trust, at a person’s death, their estate must often go through the probate process. Probate is the administration of the estate of a decedent through the court. Multiple downsides exist for administration of your estate through probate. The probate process can be costly and takes time before your estate is distributed. Additionally, details concerning your estate become a matter of public record. Creating a trust allows administration of your estate outside of the court. Details of your estate remain private.

What Sort of Issues Require Assistance from an Estate Lawyer?

The most fundamental issue estate attorneys assist clients with involves the initial creation of an estate plan. An estate planning attorney creates an individualized estate plan based on their client’s needs, goals, and financial position through conferences and discussions.

The process of creating an estate plan includes the following:

  • Determining the best way to accomplish your wishes regarding the distribution of your estate; and
  • Selecting agents to exercise powers of attorney, carry out health care directives, and act as trustees, executors, and guardians for minor children.

Estate planning attorneys may also be called upon to assist and advise clients in more complex matters, including:

  • Business succession interests;
  • Understanding the consequences of pre- and post-nuptial agreements;
  • Creating special needs trusts or charitable trusts; and
  • Tax consequences.

Experienced estate planning attorneys often possess experience in other areas of law, including real property, family law, business law, and tax law.

Contact Us

The estate planning attorneys at CCHA assist our clients in developing a tailored estate plan focused on your goals, expectations, and family circumstances. At CCHA, we create estate plans for clients of varying financial positions. We develop simple estate plans for clients with straightforward estates. We also work to protect more complex estates involving business interests, blended families, and multiple pieces of real property. Contact CCHA to discuss your estate plan and begin planning your future!