We Can Help You Write Or Update Your Will
You don’t need to be old or rich to have a will. Everyone should have this basic document in the event of an untimely death. But your will should be customized to your needs and drafted in clear and unambiguous terms so that your wishes are honored and your family is taken care of.
At Slater Law Office, we will take the time to get to know you and your goals so that your will and accompanying documents reflect your wishes and cover all the bases. Our experienced estate planning lawyers welcome people from all walks of life in central Indiana. Call our Carmel law firm today to schedule a session: 317-489-0842.
Why You Need A Last Will And Testament
People put off writing a will for many reasons. They think they don’t have enough assets. They think their family will “know what to do.” They think that they have time to do it later. As lawyers, we have seen what happens when people die without a will. Disputes arise, pitting family against family. Their estate gets tied up in probate. Sometimes the wrong people inherit.
A will, if properly drafted:
- Declares who you want to inherit and what they receive
- Nominates a guardian of your choosing for your minor children
- Nominates an executor to manage administration of your estate
- Provides guidance for your funeral and disposition of your remains
- Streamlines the probate process
- Avoids lawsuits by creditors or relatives
- Creates a “living document” that you can update for life events such as birth of a child, divorce or remarriage
Our attorneys make sure that your will is written in precise language and properly witnessed and notarized to avoid legal challenges.
The Keystone Of Your Estate Plan
At a minimum, we recommend every adult have a will. Ideally, you should also create companion estate planning documents, including durable powers of attorney, an advance directive (living will) and appointment of a health care proxy. We will sit down with you to discuss various scenarios to ensure that your will and your estate plan provide answers in the event of your death or incapacitation.
We also help clients create trusts, such as a revocable living trust, in conjunction with their will. Assets placed in a trust (separate from your estate) avoid the probate process and can accomplish various goals such as leaving a legacy for charity, shielding assets from estate taxes or creditors, or providing for the special needs of a disabled family member.
Highly Experienced And Eager To Help
George Slater II is a certified elder law attorney with 40 years of legal experience. Nancy Slater is a former doctor who brings medical insights to your estate planning. Rich Slater likewise brings focused knowledge in wills and trusts, including special needs trusts. Our family-based law practice is all about helping your family prepare for the future.
We provide personalized attention for these sensitive but important discussions, so that you have plans in place, come what may. Call us today at 317-489-0842 or contact us online to arrange a consultation. We serve Carmel, Indianapolis and surrounding communities of Indiana.