Unless they have had to deal with the myriad of details arising upon the death of a relative or close friend, estate planning and the probate process are somewhat mysterious to most non-lawyers.
The information presented on the linked pages will help de-mystify estate planning. Topics covered are:
- What happens to property when a person dies with no will?
- The rights of a surviving spouse to a deceased spouse’s property
- Wills, and why they are important
- Trusts as an alternative to wills, including some advantages and disadvantages
- Other techniques for planning estates, which can be used separately or in conjunction with a will or trust
- Letters of last instructions
- Estate taxes
- Health care directives and durable powers of attorney for health care
- Powers of attorney
- Guardianships and conservatorships for minors and disabled/incapacitated persons
The probate process is explained on a separate page.
Scott Law Firm provides services in all these areas. Site visitors who have questions not answered here may contact us for further information or a referral to another professional if we do not handle the matters inquired about.
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