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Auburn, IN 46706
Following the passing of a loved one, the family often wishes for nothing more than to have time to grieve, collect their memories and legacies and move forward. However, this is often disrupted by the need to administer the estate. At Smith Law Office, we take on the burden of estate administration. We work to alleviate the time, expense, and stress associated with the process.
Estate administration is the process by which a person's assets are collected, maintained, and distributed among creditors, heirs, and beneficiaries according to the person's Will. If an effective estate plan has not been established by the decedent, then the decedent’s property is distributed according to Indiana’s intestate succession laws.
The attorneys at Smith Law Office have the experience and understanding of Indiana's laws and procedures for estate administration. We will advise the Personal Representative through the entire estate administration process, including:
• Verifying the Will through the probate court
• Collecting all assets
• Determining liabilities
• Paying creditors
• Filing estate taxes, if necessary
• Distributing assets
Our attorneys understand that the administration of a loved one's estate can be emotional and overwhelming. We are dedicated to helping families through the estate administration process as quickly as possible so they can move forward in life.
For experienced, compassionate, and efficient guidance through the estate administration process, contact Smith Law Office today.
Estate Planning is one of the most important steps any person can take. Planning for your estate will ensure that your final property and health care wishes are honored and that loved ones are provided for in your absence. Though often overlooked or put off in favor of more immediate concerns, a comprehensive estate plan can resolve a number of legal questions that arise whenever anyone dies.
What is an Estate?
Your estate consists of all property owned by you at the time of your death. Such property includes bank accounts, stocks, bonds, securities, life insurance policies, real estate and personal property, such as jewelry, automobiles and artwork.
How Can an Estate Plan Help?
Regardless of your age or the size and complexity of your estate, an estate plan is important for everyone. An estate plan can help you appoint family members or other loved ones to receive your property after your death. It will also ensure that your property will be transferred to those you have identified as quickly and easily as possible. In certain circumstances, an estate plan can avoid the time and costs associated with the probate process by utilizing estate planning devices like a Revocable Living Trust. Other Estate Planning documents can dictate the kinds of life-prolonging medical care you wish to receive should you be incapable of making your wishes known by using a Health Care Power of Attorney or Living Will.
Estate Planning includes:
• Revocable Living Trusts
• Special Needs Trusts
• Durable General Powers of Attorney
• Health Care Powers of Attorney
• Living Wills
• Trust Administration
• Pre-and Post-Nuptial Agreements
Understanding the estate plan options that are right for you can be a complex undertaking. The attorneys at Smith Law Office can help you identify your Estate Planning needs and recognize potential solutions.
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