Crown Point Estate Planning Attorney
Provide for Your Loved Ones
If you are married with minor children, you may wish to leave your estate
entirely to your spouse to enable them to care for your children. If you
pass away without a will in Lake County (or anywhere in Indiana), however,
the State of Indiana will give half of your probate property to your children.
Because your children are under the age of 18, a court-appointed guardian
is also required to manage their inheritance until they are adults. Through
the creation of a will or living trust, Kent A. Jeffirs, Attorney at Law
can help ensure that your spouse will receive your entire estate to continue
caring for your children without interference by the court. In addition
to passing down property to your loved ones as you see fit,
wills and trusts also allow you to select a personal representative to administer your
estate and select a guardian to care for young children.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Although it may be unpleasant to consider, it is important to plan for
your financial and health care needs, should you no longer be able to
make decisions or communicate your wishes.
Powers of attorney allow you to name an attorney-in-fact to make either financial or health
care choices on your behalf.
Advance health care directives ensure that you will receive the medical attention you desire if you are
no longer able to express your desires. Planning for yourself helps you
receive the care you want, and saves your family from having to make difficult
decisions for you.
Assistance with Probate in Lake County and Porter County
Are you currently serving as the personal representative to a late loved
ones' estate? Administering an estate involves collecting and managing
probate assets, paying debts and taxes and distributing the remaining
property. If a federal estate tax return is required and is audited, if
you have creditor disputes or if the will is contested, probate may take
years to complete. It is nearly impossible to determine how difficult a
probate process will be from the beginning, and it may be in your best interests to seek
assistance from a Crown Point probate attorney as early as possible. As
an experienced attorney, I understand estate administration and am prepared
to assist you today.
Client Centered Estate Planning & Probate Services in Crown Point, IN
Probate and estate planning matters are intensely personal, which is why
you need individualized attention. Instead of passing clients' cases
off to paralegals or legal secretaries, I personally handle every case
from start to finish. While other lawyers may try to charge you for services
you don't need, I work to analyze your unique wishes before offering
counsel. As an experienced Crown Point estate planning attorney, my goal
is to meet your needs in the most cost-effective manner possible.
With more than 20 years of experience, I am a seasoned attorney you can
rely on. I served as the president and vice president as well as on the
board of directors of the Lake County Bar Association. I also served as
chairman of the Trust and Probate Section of the Lake County Bar. In addition
to probate and estate planning, I understand economic and financial matters
and was the Chairman of the Board of the Crossroads Regional Chamber of
Commerce in 2012. A graduate of Notre Dame and lifetime resident of Indiana,
I am a member of the Notre Dame Club of Northwest Indiana. If you are
seeking personal representation from a qualified attorney, consider my firm.
Take advantage of my
free initial consultation for information about your specific options for your
real estate needs. If you are interested in obtaining exceptional representation,
contact a Crown Point estate planning lawyer at Kent A. Jeffirs, Attorney at Law, PC today!