Estates & Probate Matters & Litigation
Many people mistakenly believe you must be wealthy to have an estate plan. Really, estate planning is about making sure your legacy is preserved for the people you care about. An estate plan can also protect your wishes regarding your personal care and financial well-being. Without a proper estate plan, these important decisions are left up to other people.
Whether you have modest assets or substantial wealth, there are a variety of estate planning documents that can help you plan for the future and preserve your property for your loved ones. We offer a full range of estate planning products, including:
- Living trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
- Health care power of attorney
- Financial power of attorney
- Living wills
The Importance of Estate Planning
Estate planning is a large category that includes both asset preservation and end of life planning. Although many people believe their assets are too minimal to require a comprehensive estate plan, most are surprised to discover just how much they own. After a lifetime of hard work and savings, most people own a home, a car or two, and significant retirement accounts. Without a will in place, these assets get distributed according to state law. Under Arkansas law, surviving spouses do not automatically inherit the entire estate. Contrary to what many people believe, they receive just one-third. This can be a devastating emotional and financial blow to someone already grieving the death of a beloved spouse.
Estate planning is also important for those who wish to avoid court interference in their private affairs. Parents of young children can use a will to appoint a guardian for their kids in case they suffer a mutual tragedy. Seniors can use end of life documents, such as powers of attorney and living wills, to appoint trusted family members to see to their needs in the event they become incapacitated. Without the right plans in place, these important decisions are left to the courts.
An Affordable, Complete Estate Plan
At Kendall Law Firm, we are proud of our deep Benton County roots and take pride in representing our neighbors in the community. We consider it a privilege to provide comprehensive estate planning at a reasonable price to our friends in Rogers and the surrounding areas. We will work with you to create an estate plan that suits your needs, budget, and goals.
Probate is an area of law frequently surrounded by a great deal of confusion and frustration. At Kendall Law Firm, we take the guesswork and mystery out of the probate and estate administration process. When you have lost a loved one, you need a legal team who can help you wrap up final affairs and settle accounts efficiently and compassionately.
When you come to us with a probate matter, the first thing we do is sit down with you to look at whatever financial documents you have, which may include bank statements, a will, life insurance information, or other financial papers. Once we get a good idea of the assets your loved one left behind, we can help you decide the appropriate course of action. Although some estates must go through the probate division of the circuit court, others can be handled outside the court system. There are also simplified procedures for small estates.
Although most estates are administered without incident, there are times when families disagree about the contents of a will or other inheritance issues. At Kendall Law Firm, we understand that these conflicts can be painful to the people involved. We help our clients navigate will contests and estate disputes while trying to preserve family relationships and estate assets. When negotiations fail, we are also prepared to assertively represent our clients in probate litigation.
Probate and Estate Planning Services for Individuals and Families
To speak to an experienced, knowledgeable attorney about your estate planning or probate needs, contact us at 479-464-9828.