Stamford Estate Planning Lawyer
Need Help Preparing Your Will and Estate?
It is important that you consider how you would like your estate to pass
to your family. First, you need to
protect your assets, which are subject to attack from creditors and the government through
taxes. Effective estate planning can protect against those risks. Second,
you need to
prepare a trust and/or will to prescribe exactly how you would like your assets to be distributed.
If you do not, they will pass as set forth in the law—which may
not be favorable for your situation.
Seasoned Estate Planning Attorney in Stamford
When you need to look to the future of your assets, get in touch with my
firm today. I am Estate Planning Lawyer John N. Massih. At Massih Law,
LLC, I assist clients in Stamford, Connecticut with their estate planning
needs. I also help executors, administrators, heirs, trustees and beneficiaries
who are in the middle of handling someone else's estate. If you need
help in any of these areas, I would be pleased to get together with you
to discuss your situation and your needs.
For experienced estate planning guidance,
contact a Stamford will lawyer from my firm today.
Our Services: Overseeing Personal and Professional Assets
I assist clients at all points of the estate planning process, from drafting a
will for the first time to handling probate after a loved one has passed. As
a will attorney, I make it my goal to ensure that your assets are safe
and prepared to pass to your beneficiaries; and as a probate lawyer, I
can help you manage another’s estate tactfully or handle litigation
when a conflict arises among beneficiaries.
Please contact my firm when you need legal advice regarding:
These are just a few of the areas handled by Massih Law, LLC. Feel free
to contact a member of my legal team if you need advice regarding
Asset Protection. I handle many cases regarding
Business Succession Planning, and can help you create a protection plan and
Strategies for Successful Business Succession Planning. Additionally, many of my clients need help seeking out options for a
High Net Worth Tax Shelter and
Charitable Giving & Philanthropic Planning—the latter can be arranged for those who wish to pass on some of
their estate to the charity that they support.
Don’t wait to ensure the stability of your finances—call my
firm today for a consultation!
Benefits of a Will
Why write a will? A
will is designed to ensure that your assets are distributed among your heirs
as you see fit. With careful planning, this document can serve as the
backbone of your estate plan—and may even simplify the probate process.
It is never too early to start planning for the future. Work with an experienced
Stamford will lawyer to draft a
last will and testament that fits your specific needs.
What is Probate?
The term "probate" refers to the legal process of dividing the estate of a deceased
person between the recipients named in his/her will. Probate is conducted
by a "probate court," to make sure that all assets are distributed
legally and according to the deceased's wishes.
This process may involve any or all of the following:
- Collecting all of the property of the deceased
- Paying any outstanding bills or debts
- Settling any legal disputes between recipients
- Officially transferring property from the deceased to his/her heirs.
In many cases, probate terms go uncontested. However, if a problem arises,
heirs may contest probate. Probate may be contested for a variety of reasons
– usually because heirs are seeking a greater share of the deceased's
estate. If beneficiaries believe that the deceased was unfairly influence
in deciding who would receive what portion of their estate, then they
probate litigation. Similarly, heirs may contest probate if the deceased did not have the
proper mental capacity to write a fair will.
Who Oversees the Probate Process?
The deceased, also referred to as "the decedent," usually appoints
someone as the executor of their estate. The executor oversees
probate administration, managing the decedent's affairs. If no executor is officially named,
the court will choose an administrator to settle the estate. In a will,
the decedent may generally leave any asset they possess to any person
or organization they wish; however, the wishes of the decedent may be
overridden by the state if the probate court decides such action is necessary.
The probate court may override the decedent's wishes for a variety
of reasons. For instance, in most states the decedent's spouse has
the right to some of the estate. Similarly, if the decedent accumulated
a great deal of debt, creditors are entitled to some of the decedent's
assets. In certain cases, probate can be avoided altogether through joint
ownership with the right of survivorship, gifts, and revocable trusts.
Still have questions concerning your estate? Ready to start developing
an effective plan for the future?
Contact a Stamford Estate Planning Lawyer
to discuss your estate planning needs.
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