I was born in Alaska and have been practicing law here since 1976. I am an elected... more
I was born in Alaska and have been practicing law here since 1976. I am an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (www.actec.org), a select group of attorneys who are nationally recognized in the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law. I am also one of only two Alaskans elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (www.actconline.org)... view profile
"Estate" is the legal term used to define your property and money—basically, everything that belongs to you. Estate planning attorneys tell you different strategies you can use to transfer your belongings after you die. By planning your estate, you can maximize its value by minimizing taxes and eliminating court costs and interference. Estate planning attorneys also help you control and protect your estate during your lifetime, by writing documents that allow you to transfer property and money to children, charities, or others in a way you desire.