Estate Planning and Settlement

 
 
 
 
 
 

Estate Planning

 
From children to charity, for a young family or a second spouse, whether you have a substantial estate or just enough—the attorneys at Naumann, Agnello & Associate have seen it and planned for it. We pride ourselves on hearing and learning about what your priorities are, then fashioning a plan for you that meets your needs, not overselling you on estate tools you and your family will likely never use. While we handle numerous probate cases every year, our estate planning focus is on avoiding probate entirely, along with its delay, hassle, and expense, if possible. Our attorneys also give due attention to planning for and minimizing the tax consequences of the estate plans we craft.

When you contact Naumann, Agnello & Associates about an estate plan, with a will, will and trust, or otherwise, you can expect to get sound advise from experienced attorneys who know the tools to protect your assets and make the handling of your estate as smooth as possible for your loved ones. Some tools in our toolkit require no drafting on our part at all, and we sometimes have clients leave our office with wise strategies that cost them nothing, especially if they have prepared any estate documents before. However, if your situation requires a will, powers of attorney, a trust, or any related instruments, you can count on our attorneys to be upfront about our reasonable flat fee rates for estate planning services.

 
 
 
 

Here are a few of the many solutions we offer:

 

 
 
Living Trusts
 
for married couples and individuals, with or without tax concerns
 
 
 
Irrevocable Trusts
and
Payback Trusts
 
 
 
Simple Wills
 
 
 
Powers of Attorney
 
for Health Care and Property
 
 
 
Transfer on Death Instruments
 
 
 
Land Trusts
 
 
 
Advanced Medical Directives/Living Wills
 
 
 
HIPAA Authorizations
 
 
 
Certificates of Trust
 
 
 
Deeds into and out of Trust
 
 
 
Trust
Opinion Letters
 
 
 
Retitling of assets and complex beneficiary clauses
 
 
 
 
Call us for a free
consultation today!
 
 
 
 

Probate & Estate Settlement

 
While the attorneys at Naumann, Agnello & Associates typically draft estate plans to avoid probate, you may be required to probate the estate of your recently deceased loved because they worked with another attorney to prepare their plan, chose to have only a simple will, or had no estate plan at all. If probate is required, don’t worry—our attorneys shepherd estates through the probate process regularly. We make the process as smooth as possible for our clients. Moreover, our experience has made us quite efficient; although we charge hourly rates for probated estates, you are almost certain to find that our fees our substantially less than many of our colleagues.

Even if your loved one left no will, there are still techniques available to avoid probate in some cases, such as the “premium” or “bond” in lieu of probate process and the small estate affidavit. The market value of real estate in the estate, or the overall size of the estate, will determine whether these non-probate options are permissible and, if so, whether the option is affordable.

Of course, avoiding probate is not always possible. If you are facing an estate that is disputed among siblings or others, or if your loved one passed with a substantial number or amount of debts, probate may be the wisest option even if it is not required. Several factors impact the choice to pursue probate.

Schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Naumann, Agnello & Associates to determine what is your best course of action.
 
 
 
 
 
 

FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE PROBATE AND ESTATE SETTLEMENT SERVICES PROVIDED BY NAUMANN, AGNELLO & ASSOCIATES

 

 
 
Probate of Testate and Intestate Estates
 
 
 
Probate of Estates with Will Annexed
 
 
 
Ancillary Estates
 
 
 
Trust Settlement—Privately or in Court
 
 
 
Settling and Litigating Disputed Estates
 
 
 
Settling and Litigating Creditor Claims
 
 
 
Small Estate Affidavits
 
 
 
Deed/Bond
/Premium in Lieu of Probate
 
 
 
Estate Inventory and Accounting
 
 
 
Asset Liquidation Assistance
 
 
 
Real Estate Closings
(billed separately at a flat fee)
 
 
 
Business Liquidation