Customized Estate Planning Services
At the Longview law firm of Reitsch, Weston & Blondin, P.L.L.C., we help families preserve their assets and provide for the needs of their loved ones through estate planning.
Few areas of the law are more individual than estate planning. Rather than using a cookie-cutter approach, we will talk to you about your family’s assets and your goals. Then we will draft a variety of legal documents that are tailored to your family’s needs. These documents may include:
- A will
- Durable power of attorney
- Health care directive (also known as a living will)
- Trusts such as a living trust, a life insurance trust, a personal residence trust or a special needs trust
Creating Wills, Powers Of Attorney And Health Care Directives
A will is a person’s declaration of how one wants their property dispersed after death. Because there are complex regulations regarding the validity of any will, it is important to hire an attorney with knowledge and experience. A durable power of attorney allows you to designate a trusted person to pay bills and make certain financial decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. A health care directive allows you to communicate exactly what steps you want taken to prolong your life if you become terminally ill.
The Benefits Of Trusts
By maintaining your assets in a trust, you can minimize taxes, avoid probate and leave a larger inheritance to your loved ones. The use of a trust is also a way to provide a steady income to a beneficiary over the course of time, rather than distribution in a lump sum. Trusts can also be established to benefit charitable organizations. At Reitsch, Weston & Blondin, P.L.L.C., we both set up trusts for our clients and also help administer trusts.
Help With Probate And Estate Administration
Probate is the legal process by which a person’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon her or his death. Estate administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of a deceased person’s assets to heirs and beneficiaries.
If you have been named as an administrator or executor of someone’s estate, Reitsch, Weston & Blondin, P.L.L.C., will help ensure that all legitimate bills are paid and the deceased’s assets are distributed correctly in accordance with Washington state law.
Set Up A Consultation To Learn More
We encourage you to review the credentials of estate planning and probate administration lawyer Gerry Reitsch. You can also reach us online to set up a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.
Every case is important to us.
Call Reitsch, Weston & Blondin, P.L.L.C., at 360-423-4050