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 may pursue 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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