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Estate Planning & Probate

Practically every individual will have a need for some level of estate planning in his or her lifetime. The attorneys at Fine & Hatfield can perform aggressive planning to minimize or avoid excessive estate and inheritance tax implications or draft meaningful but practical estate plans that may simply provide for guardians over minor children or protect the family home for the surviving spouse. So, whether it is individuals with large accumulations of wealth or working class individuals desiring meaningful but practical estate plans, Fine & Hatfield has attorneys to fill your every need. Moreover, if you are faced with the death of a loved one, let our team of experienced attorneys and paralegals guide you and your family through the administration process. We will quickly and compassionately provide a customized approach to the administration of your loved one’s estate that is effective, cost-efficient and comprehensive.


Estate Planning Services Include:

  • Last Wills and Testaments

  • Advance directives including powers of attorney, health care representative appointments, living wills, and funeral directives

  • Testamentary trusts and special needs trusts

  • Guardianship provisions for minors or elderly adults

  • Non-Probate Transfers of your assets and TOD transfers

  • Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax planning

  • Business Succession Planning

Estate Administration Services Include:

  • Investigation, identification and marshaling of assets

  • Identification and management of debts, and notice to creditors

  • All court pleadings and hearings from start to finish

  • Transfer and titling of assets

  • Appraisal and inventory of assets

  • Non-probate asset management

  • Prosecuting claims for or against estate

  • Preparation and approval of all inheritance and death tax returns

  • Guardianships over Minor Children

  • Family Settlement Agreements

  • Will Contests

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