Estate Planning

There are few things in the world more important than the well-being of our families and loved ones. We work daily to ensure they are safe and provided for, but often neglect to address the fact that we will not always be able to do so – whether well into the future or, due to unfortunate and unexpected events, sooner than we would think. Attorneys versed in the process of estate planning like the team at MLKB&R can help you ensure that those dear to you will be protected long after you are unable to do so yourself.

As numerous cases have shown, simply drafting a will may not guarantee that your loved ones will be cared for and receive the exact assets and treatment you would like them to in all situations. Though a will is the cornerstone of any estate plan, other considerations, such as, naming someone to control your estate should you be rendered unable to do so by illness or injury, are also vital. For this reason, the attorneys at MLKB&R offer comprehensive estate planning services including:

  • Drafting wills/living wills
  • Advance medical directives
  • Healthcare representative appointments
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Revocable trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Irrevocable life insurance trusts

At MLKB&R, estate plans are custom designed to meet the needs of you and your family. In addition to distributing assets, we take care to ensure your loved ones will not be burdened with debts or new expenses should the unthinkable happen. This includes financial decisions you can incorporate now, such as giving cash gifts to children to lessen the estate’s eventual tax burden, as well as plans to be enacted in the future.

As our many clients based in the Farmington Valley and beyond can attest, MLKB&R differs from other firms in their simultaneously instructional and compassionate approach. The process of dealing with one’s own mortality and the thought of leaving loved ones is emotionally difficult, while the relevant legal considerations are quite complex. Our number one concern is making the process as painless and easy to understand as possible. Clients deal directly with a knowledgeable attorney at all times. Each of our attorneys is dedicated to our clients’ complete understanding of the process, and providing the comfort and peace-of-mind of knowing their loved ones’ futures have been completely taken care of.

Probate

In the absence of comprehensive estate planning, and in very rare occasions even with, such planning disputes can arise with respect to estate settlement, inheritances, and guardianship. In addition to the burden of dealing with a loved one’s passing, the strain of such disputes can be too much to bear and wreak havoc on families. MLKB&R’s attorneys are well trained to swiftly and compassionately deal with these situations. Our Probate services include:

  • Estate settlement
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Adoption
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Trust Litigation

All estates must go through the legal process of ‘probate’ wherein a will is validated. Fees associated with this along with taxes owed are part of an estate’s settlement. It is when challenges and disputes arise at this stage that the process can become complicated. Whether your rightful inheritance is called into question, an instance of a will being drafted under duress must be proven, or a dispute arises over the custody of dependents, the experienced attorneys at MLKB&R will fight for you to ensure the true wishes of your passed loved one are honored.

 

Need any further information on our services? Get in touch with our team today at 860-674-8296.