Omaha Estate Planning Attorneys
Preparing for Your Future, Today
Many of us are concerned with what happens after we die. We want to have a say in how our personal possessions, real estate, and other assets included in our “Estate” are distributed among family members, friends, and charities. In order to accomplish these goals, it is necessary to have an Estate Plan in place.
An Estate Plan has several components. The primary piece is a “Last Will & Testament,” which is why the person who signs the Will is known as the “Testator.” A Will is the document in which the Testator names a trusted party as “Personal Representative” (sometimes referred to as an “Executor”), an individual who administers the Estate and ensures the Testator’s wishes are carried out. A Will also specifies to whom the Testator wants his or her assets transferred. A Will can also serve the important function of appointing a Guardian and Conservator for minor children should both parents pass away while their children are still young.
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A quality Estate Plan also includes Powers of Attorney, in which the “Principal” appoints someone to handle health care and financial decisions on their behalf in the event of incapacity during lifetime.
An Estate Plan can also involve a “Trust,” a legal entity distinct from the Testator that holds property for the benefit of beneficiaries specified in the Trust Agreement. The person who establishes the Trust is called the “Settlor” and the person who manages the Trust for the benefit of the Trust Beneficiaries is called the “Trustee.” Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable. Often a trust will be revocable while the Settlor is alive—thus giving them flexibility to make changes as they see fit—but then becomes irrevocable when they pass away. The creation of a Trust is often used to avoid the time and expense of court proceedings called “Probate.” In short, a Trust can often streamline and simplify the time and expense of estate administration following death.
Carlson & Burnett was founded by two Estate Planning attorneys, Darren Carlson and Anne Burnett. Estate Planning continues to be a central practice area for the firm. Our attorneys have expertise in drafting simple and complex Estate Plan, litigating Estate disputes, and handling Estate administration matters, such as Inheritance Tax Determinations and Probate.
We understand the death of a family member is one of the most difficult and stressful situations a family can face. We have extensive experience helping our clients through Estate Planning during lifetime to make estate administration smooth and efficient after a loved one has passed.
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Our Legal Team Can Help You with Estate Planning
At Carlson & Burnett, we understand cases involving estate planning and probate can be highly complex and emotionally taxing, and that is why we stand ready to provide you with legal assistance. When you choose to work with our Omaha estate planning lawyers, we will examine every detail of your situation and determine which strategies can best safeguard your future and the futures of your closest loved ones. Remember, it is best to take action sooner than later, so we invite you to call us right away.