VJ Law firm offers a wide variety of estate planning services. Below are typical questions on estate planning we hear from clients:
What is Estate Planning?
A well-crafted estate plan can determine how your assets will be distributed upon your passing, provide for the welfare of your minor children, and set forth your wishes in the event of your incapacity. The care of yourself and your loved ones and eventual distribution of your estate deserve the highest quality of legal representation. At VJ Law Firm, we believe that a good estate plan should be affordable, give you peace of mind regarding the eventual disposition of your assets, and save your loved ones money after your death.
Our portfolio of estate planning documents includes the following:
- Wills, trusts, co-ownership agreements
- Guardianship and trusts for minor children
- Durable power of attorney and medical directives, living wills
- Special needs trusts
Most of the document drafting is done on a flat fee basis and the estate plan is tailored to suit your specific situation. We can also help oversee and plan the maintenance and administration of your estate.
What is Probate?
A will determines how your estate will be distributed after your death. In your will, you name an executor to handle the distribution. If there is no will, the estate is “intestate,” and is handled according to Washington state laws. We shepherd the will through the probate process, which involves submitting it to the court to determine its validity. We also handle will contests involving allegations of undue influence or issues of testator competency. The probate process can be very difficult and time consuming. Further, the role of an Executor can be stressful, as you have a lot of responsibilities. Having an experienced estate planning attorney to assist you will make the process move more smoothly and efficiently.