Crown Point Estate Planning Attorney
Provide for Your Loved Ones
If you are married with minor children, you may wish to leave your estate entirely to your spouse to enable them to care for your children. If you pass away without a will in Lake County (or anywhere in Indiana), however, the State of Indiana will give half of your probate property to your children. Because your children are under the age of 18, a court-appointed guardian is also required to manage their inheritance until they are adults. Through the creation of a will or living trust, Kent A. Jeffirs, Attorney at Law can help ensure that your spouse will receive your entire estate to continue caring for your children without interference by the court. In addition to passing down property to your loved ones as you see fit, wills and trusts also allow you to select a personal representative to administer your estate and select a guardian to care for young children.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Although it may be unpleasant to consider, it is important to plan for your financial and health care needs, should you no longer be able to make decisions or communicate your wishes. Powers of attorney allow you to name an attorney-in-fact to make either financial or health care choices on your behalf. Advance health care directives ensure that you will receive the medical attention you desire if you are no longer able to express your desires. Planning for yourself helps you receive the care you want, and saves your family from having to make difficult decisions for you.
Assistance with Probate in Lake County and Porter County
Are you currently serving as the personal representative to a late loved ones’ estate? Administering an estate involves collecting and managing probate assets, paying debts and taxes and distributing the remaining property. If a federal estate tax return is required and is audited, if you have creditor disputes or if the will is contested, probate may take years to complete. It is nearly impossible to determine how difficult a probate process will be from the beginning, and it may be in your best interests to seek assistance from a Crown Point probate attorney as early as possible. As an experienced attorney, I understand estate administration and am prepared to assist you today.
Client Centered Estate Planning & Probate Services in Crown Point, IN
Probate and estate planning matters are intensely personal, which is why you need individualized attention. Instead of passing clients’ cases off to paralegals or legal secretaries, I personally handle every case from start to finish. While other lawyers may try to charge you for services you don’t need, I work to analyze your unique wishes before offering counsel. As an experienced Crown Point estate planning attorney, my goal is to meet your needs in the most cost-effective manner possible.
With more than 20 years of experience, I am a seasoned attorney you can rely on. I served as the president and vice president as well as on the board of directors of the Lake County Bar Association. I also served as chairman of the Trust and Probate Section of the Lake County Bar. In addition to probate and estate planning, I understand economic and financial matters and was the Chairman of the Board of the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2012. A graduate of Notre Dame and lifetime resident of Indiana, I am a member of the Notre Dame Club of Northwest Indiana. If you are seeking personal representation from a qualified attorney, consider my firm.
Take advantage of my free initial consultation for information about your specific options for your estate planning, guadianship, probate, business and real estate needs. If you are interested in obtaining exceptional representation, contact a Crown Point estate planning lawyer at Kent A. Jeffirs, Attorney at Law, PC today!