probate and estate planning
estate planning is a lifelong process that involves managing your estate to best achieve your goals. lives change, as do state and federal taxation and probate laws, so it is essential that your estate plan reflects your current financial and family situation.
estate planning includes:
- the accumulation and disposition of assets (house and other real estate holdings, stocks and other investments, etc.)
- community property agreements
- beneficiary designations
- power of attorney designations (including durable powers of attorney)
- wills and living wills
- trusts and living trusts
- guardianships and conservatorships
- life insurance beneficiaries
- charitable giving
- healthcare directives
- directives to physicians
- probate administration
after a person dies, "probate" is the legal process that determines that a will is valid, assures that assets are collected and distributed appropriately to beneficiaries, and debts, taxes, and expenses are paid as needed. if probate is necessary, bredeson law group can assist beneficiaries, estate executors, and administrators during the probate process.
bredeson law group works with individuals, families, married couples, and domestic partners on their estate planning and probate issues to make sure that your assets are protected, your taxes are minimized, and your loved ones are not burdened with probate issues at an already difficult time.