Estate Planning & Probate

Estate Planning Attorneys

At CowanGates, our estate planning team is knowledgeable, experienced, personal and thorough. We take the time to listen to your family’s specific situation. We talk about your wishes regarding your family, your requests should you ever be unable to make business or medical decisions, and your plans regarding distribution of assets upon your death. Our experience allows us to handle even the most complex estate planning issues.

Are you interested in speaking with a lawyer about your estate planning objectives? Please contact CowanGates  to arrange your consultation.

Protection and Peace of Mind

As attorney Michael C. Hall points out in his article Wills, Trusts & Estates – Frequently Asked Questions, “with some investigating, conversing with loved ones, soul searching, and the counsel of a good estate planning attorney, you can develop an estate plan that will offer you protection and give you peace of mind.” Our firm can advise you on estate planning tools that can be helpful to you and then craft a plan tailored to your needs. Depending on many factors, such as assets, taxes and children, we can help you develop a plan that may include the following:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Guardianships/conservatorships
  • Tax planning
  • Advanced medical directive
  • Powers of attorney
  • Durable medical power of attorney

Estate, Trust Administration and Probate

Our firm represents executors, trustees, heirs, and family members in the administration of estates and trusts, including the probate process. Executors have the duty to fulfill certain responsibilities. We can ensure those responsibilities are met and your loved one’s assets are distributed according to their wishes. We also represent individuals who are involved in a dispute involving a will contest, guardianship contest or other contested matter. Contact our firm today to arrange your consultation.

Wills, Trusts and Estates – Frequently Asked Questions* by Michael C. Hall

 

October 16 – 22 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week! In 2008, when it was then estimated that more than 120 million Americans either had no estate plan or had an outdated estate plan, the United States House of Representatives adopted Resolution 1499 declaring this week National Estate Planning Awareness Week in the hopes of raising public awareness of what “estate planning” is and why it is so vitally important. Estate planning is a woefully overlooked or ignored element of financial wellness. The notion that roughly one half of Americans do not have a current estate plan is shocking—almost as shocking as the potential unintended consequences that could result from a failure to plan or to update an old estate plan. If you don’t have an estate plan or have an estate plan that has not been reviewed or updated recently, please take a moment this week to consider your estate plan (or lack thereof), or, better yet, set up an appointment to create or revise your estate plan. Read more about estate planning here and contact one of the attorneys at CowanGates to get your estate plan in order.