I am a civil mediator in Indiana and Illinois with more than two decades of practice... more
I am a civil mediator in Indiana and Illinois with more than two decades of practice experience in trust, estate, business, municipal, real estate, and elder law. My wife and law partner, Jennifer Hawkins, formed Hawkins Law PC with me in 2001 as a boutique trust, estate, and elder law firm in Southwestern Indiana. Both lawyers are Trust & Estate Specialty Board Certifi... 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.