Estate planning - Wills , Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives and Trusts.
Conservatorships - a judicial process allowing one or more persons to manage the affairs (financial or personal) of another.
Effective estate planning can minimize the chances that you will need a conservator, but if you know someone who can no longer care for themselves or their finances and they have not made plans for their own incapacity, then a conservatorship may be the proper action.
Guardianships - in a guardianship the court assigns the responsibility for the care of a minor to someone other than the minor's parent. Parents with minor children are advised to nominate a guardian in their wills.
Probate - is a court supervised process that transfers legal title of property from the estate of the person who has died to his or her beneficiaries. The court will determine whether there is a valid will and also appoint a legal representative to act on behalf of the decedent. During the probate process there is an inventory and appraisal of any probate property and the decedent's debts and taxes are paid from the decedent's estate. Any remaining property is distributed based on the terms of
the will or based on the laws of intestacy if there is no valid will.
Trust Administration - although many trustees can perform their fiduciary duty without an attorney, it is best to consult with an attorney to ensure all tasks are done and done properly.
Trust Litigation - is the trust ambiguous? Is the trustee doing his/her job? Is this amendment valid? There are a number of reasons why disputes arise and sometimes resoluton requires court intervention.
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