Dover Estate Lawyers
Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate Lawyers serving New England
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Estate Planning means different things to different people. Michael educates clients as to what legal issues are relevant to their specific circumstances, and customizes an estate plan based on each client’s needs and goals.
Committed to Your Family’s Economic Success
- Estate Planning: Can involve preparing Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, or Healthcare Directives. Typically, an estate plan is used to minimize estate taxes or to allow for assets to pass outside of probate. However, an estate plan can offer other benefits as well, such as control of your wealth, protection from your heirs’ creditors or a beneficiary’s inability to manage money, and privacy regarding your financial situation.
- Probate And Wills: When a loved one passes away, we understand you are dealing with a lot more than the legal aspects of the death. We remove the burden of dealing with the legal aspects by helping to navigate the complex state laws, and help identify and fulfill your legal obligations.
Be Prepared With Documents While You Are Alive
- Advance Healthcare Directive: Don’t leave your medical care to chance in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to express consent. A well written advance directive is a wise precaution to explain your wishes if a catastrophe should happen.
- Power of Attorney: Is a legal document giving someone authority over all legal or financial matters, typically to be used in the event that you are incapacitated in some way and unable to make your own decisions.
Anyone can benefit from having an estate plan in place in case something happens in the future, as life can be unpredictable. Since 1987, our Dover estate lawyers at Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. have educated clients as to what legal issues are relevant to their specific circumstances and customized estate plans based on each client’s needs and goals. We’ve helped families in New Hampshire and Maine draft wills, prepare powers of attorney, and other aspects of estate planning that can protect your wealth and your heirs.
Contact our team online or by phone at (603) 742-5222 to meet with a lawyer directly. We’re committed to your family’s economic success.
What is Estate Planning?
Everyone has their own version of an “estate,” whether it comes in the form of a car, house, investments, furniture, or personal possessions. Estate planning allows you to dictate where your possessions go and have other plans in place in the event that you pass away or are incapacitated and can no longer care for yourself or others.
Typically, an estate plan is used to minimize estate taxes or to allow for assets to pass outside of probate. However, an estate plan can offer other benefits as well, such as control of your wealth, protection from your heirs’ creditors or a beneficiary’s inability to manage money, and privacy regarding your financial situation.
Our list of services includes:
- Creating the best estate plan for your needs
- Drafting trust documents
- Advice on transfer of assets at time of death
- Probate court representation for wills, guardianships, and contested estates
- Health care powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives
Why Should I Have an Estate Plan?
As estate planning lawyers, our priority is ensuring that our clients have estate plans in place, period. Estate plans allow you to protect your loved ones and minimize the risk of legal conflict. After finalizing your estate plan, you can be at peace knowing your young children will have approved guardians, your belongings will go to the right people, and your heirs won't face any tax burdens.
Estate planning involves much more than simply drafting a will. Take a look below to learn about some of the key components of a good estate plan and how having a lawyer to guide you through the process can be beneficial in the long run.
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Our lawyers at Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. are knowledgeable about all the features of a solid estate plan and are prepared to help you with whatever matter you're dealing with, whether it's a complex probate or a will draft that needs editing. If you live in Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine, call us today to receive guidance throughout the planning process.
Estate planning requires mountains of paperwork and attention to detail. Allow our Dover estate planning lawyers to help you and call (603) 742-5222 today to get started.
Estate Planning FAQ
What happens if someone dies without a will?
Each state has its own laws that dictate how a deceased person’s assets will be distributed if they die without a will in place. In general, these laws will have lists of next of kin that they’ll distribute assets to in order. For example, states will usually prioritize the surviving spouse or split property between them and any surviving children.
Can I leave my money to a charity?
Yes, you can leave money to a charity, though it’s worth noting that this will result in a charitable tax credit of up to 50 percent and can also lead to other exemptions. You may want to first check if the charity you want to leave money to has a government-recognized charitable organization status. You should also be prepared for family members to contest this if they feel the charity is getting more money than them.
When should I update my estate plan?
If you already have an estate plan, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to refer to it ever again. It’s best practice to update your will or trust whenever you experience a significant life event or transition, such as getting married or getting a divorce, having grandchildren, or getting diagnosed with a serious medical condition.