Many people wonder why they need to think about a will or estate plan. If you should die today, do you know who would receive your house, pension, investments, car, and other property? Who would take care of your children? If you were unable to make medical or financial decisions, who would you trust to look out for your interests? The estate planning attorneys at Robert W. York & Associates are here to help you plan for the future.
Call 317-842-8000, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an experienced probate and estates attorney at our Indianapolis law firm. We can explain why you should have a will or other estate plan if you own property or have minor children.
Take Control Today – Document Your Wishes
By careful estate planning, you can ensure that upon your death, your property is distributed according to your wishes -not according to Indiana statues. A carefully drafted will can help prevent disputes over who inherits your property and who will become guardians of any minor children. Through intelligent estate planning you may be able to avoid or reduce estate taxes, avoid probate, prevent will contest litigation, and avoid fights among family members.
Let our estate planning attorneys help you design and implement wise strategies for asset distribution and plan for the continued success of a family business. Our probate and estate lawyers may be able protect your hard-earned assets from unnecessary taxes, a lengthy and costly probate proceeding, and legally document your wishes through the following:
- Last Will and Testament
- Revocable and Irrevocable Trust
- Living Wills and Health Care Declarations
- Life Insurance Trust
- Durable Powers of Attorney
- Other Estate Planning Strategies
- Trust Administration
- Elder Law and Nursing Home Planning
It is important that you regularly review your estate plan to make sure it is still reflective of your wishes. If you have been recently divorced it is particularly important to draft a new will and update your estate plan.
We also assist clients in planning for incapacity or disability through financial and medical powers of attorney, living wills and health care directives. By acting now you can select a trusted individual to act for you in the event you cannot act for yourself with respect to financial or medical decisions. Incapacity planning can allow you to state your wishes regarding extraordinary life-sustaining treatment in the event of terminal or serious medical conditions. The actions you take today can save you family from future probate court proceedings regarding guardianship or conservatorship.
Estate Administration ◦ Probate Litigation ◦ Will Contests
In over 44 years in litigation practice, attorney Robert W. York has amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of estate administration matters. Our probate and estate administration attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about Indiana law regarding estates, inheritance and probate court procedure.
After a death in the family, or the death of a business partner, the guidance of an experienced probate lawyer can ensure that the assets of the estate are properly distributed, that creditors are correctly notified and that all probate court documents and estate tax returns are timely filed. Let our probate department guide you through the often-complex probate court process.
Our attorneys also represent clients in will contests and other probate litigation. To schedule a consultation to discuss your estate planning, estate administration, or probate litigation needs, please call 317-842-8000, or contact us online.