Estate Planning And Probate
Estate planning and probate are legal issues which can affect just about everyone, but are nonetheless widely misunderstood.
At the law office of Dustin L. Howard, LLC, we help people cut through the cloud of confusion around these issues so our clients can provide for their loved ones and build a legacy that will last many years into the future. We work with issues such as:
- Powers of attorney
- Health care directives
- Living wills
- Estate administration
- Probate litigation
In all these matters, we work to get to know our clients and create solutions that are tailored to their needs.
Estate Planning For Everyone
Everyone should have some kind of estate plan. Whether your plan consists of a simple will, a complex trust, or some combination of instruments, it will distribute your assets the way you want them to be distributed. Perhaps just as importantly, it will save your loved ones time, money and headaches.
What many people do not understand is that if you do not have a valid estate plan, the state will decide how to distribute your assets, according to pre-existing guidelines. These one-size-fits-all rules can lead to something that is very different from what you may have wanted. They can also mean much of your estate will be eaten up by court fees, and that your loved ones will be left in uncertainty for months.
A well-crafted estate plan can avoid this unhappy scenario and make sure you leave a positive legacy, and not just legal hassles.
In addition to helping with estate planning, at Dustin L. Howard, LLC, we help people move estates through probate. This is the process in which a court decides how to transfer property from an estate to the heirs.
Even when there is a good estate plan in place, it can be helpful to have a skilled probate attorney on your side when you are trying to administer an estate. When things go wrong in probate, or if a dispute develops, an experienced attorney is absolutely crucial.
The Skills You Need
It’s important to have the right lawyer to help you with estate planning and other matters. Our founding attorney has the skills to help you plan your estate or administer another estate. He also has the litigation skills to handle probate court issues, including disputes.
Located in Salem, Indiana, we represent clients throughout Washington County.