Estate Planning

Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law

Estate Planning

Most people would rather not think about what will happen when they die. However, the ones that do plan ahead leave much more asset value and far fewer complications for their heirs. Jackson & Efting can help you navigate the complex and multi-faceted labyrinth of estate law, including estate planning and administration.

Where and to whom your estate is distributed and how much is taxed depends on having a well-thought out estate plan. Jackson & Efting will help establish a plan that will protect your estate by translating your wishes into legal directives. This process starts with understanding each client's wishes and then developing a plan that will provide peace of mind. Upon your death, your heirs will have a plan in place which will ease the difficult emotional toll.

Probate

In the event of the death of a loved one who did not establish a trust, probate may be necessary. Probate provides court oversight to ensure that a decedent's assets are distributed to the proper heirs (if the loved one died without a will) or beneficiaries (if the loved one died with a will) in an orderly process. When someone dies with a will, that person has died testate and the will controls the disposition of the assets left at death. If a person dies without a will, that person has died intestate and the distribution of the assets is as provided by law. Whether you are the nominated personal representative, family member, or beneficiary, you will likely need representation.

Our firm has expertise in the following areas with respect to estate planning: