Estate Planning and Probate

Joe Byars grew up learning the importance of estate planning from his father, and knows the true benefit of this service. Estate planning can be quite complex and requires attention to detail. Joe knows that the preparation of a proper Will and Trust – putting one’s affairs in order – is one of the best gifts a person can give to their family. When done right, the cost, hassle and time required for probate can be avoided with a properly drawn and funded revocable trust.

In addition, Joe has significant experience in handling “Will Contest” litigation  which is sometimes necessary when the fraud or undue influence of an unscrupulous person exploits a family member.Whether your loved one had an estate plan in place, or passed away without a will, we can help. Even if it appears that your loved one had a will, but it does not represent their true desires, we may be able to help.

Our Firm has the experience and skill necessary to offer efficient and cost effective assistance with litigation involving:

Abuse of power by a fiduciary or executor
Will Contests or disputes
Taking undue advantage of an elderly person
Will revocation or change and the validity of the same
Breach of fiduciary duty
Powers of attorney abuse or forgery
Fraud
Unjust enrichment
Theft
Conversion

We know you have a lot to be concerned with after losing a loved one. We make it our goal to help guide your family through any litigation that may arise, offering personal and informative support every step of the way.

Avoiding Estate or Probate Litigation

Having the assistance of a lawyer while planning for the future of your loved ones can go a long way towards avoiding litigation later. Our attorneys can assist individuals or families in the drafting of all documents pertaining to distribution of wealth, health care needs, etc., including, but not limited to the following:

Wills
Trusts
Powers of attorney
Trusts (Living or Revocable Trusts)
Health care directives (Living Wills)

Our firm is focused on helping people in their time of need. We know the loss of a loved one is an emotional time and we work diligently to shoulder the pressure of any estate or probate litigation your family might encounter. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your estate or probate needs.

For more information, see “Basic Steps to Estate Administration/Probate.”