Estate Planning Attorneys

Why hire an Estate Planning attorney?

An estate planning attorney will be able to help you legally determine how your assets will be managed during your lifetime and how to distribute them after your death. A good attorney will also adjust your estate plan so that it minimizes taxes and eliminates court costs and interference. You can create a legally binding document that ensures that you have control of your finances, taxes, and medical plans.

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Did You Know?

According to a survey, 44% of Americans do not have a will, although 60% do think that having a will is necessary. Another 13% believed that the surviving spouse or children automatically received any assets remaining, which isn't always the case.
* Sources: https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/about-us/media/press-release.page?id=1311095221427043
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