Are you interested in planning your estate? Do you need help with estate administration because you have been named the personal representative of a loved one's estate? I am Don Thomas, Attorney At Law. I have more than 27 years of experience providing guidance in estate matters in Benton, Paducah, Marshall County and throughout western Kentucky.
Estate Planning: Putting Your Mind At Ease
From baby boomer to new parent, everyone can benefit from a well-drafted estate plan. Estate planning is all about making certain that your assets are protected and preserved for the benefit of the people you care about. It is never too soon to begin this process.
Many people worry about what will happen to their families after they are gone. Through a few simple estate planning tools, you can name guardians to care for minor children, ensure family heirlooms are passed to the appropriate person and protect your assets for the next generation.
Common estate planning tools include:
- Financial powers of attorney
- Advance health care directives
- Living wills
Probate Administration: Guidance Through A Stressful Process
When an individual passes away, his or her estate must be admitted to probate. The probate process can seem daunting. If you were named executor, or personal representative, of the estate, you have many responsibilities. At my law firm, I guide personal representatives through probate administration in the most efficient manner possible. I advise them during every stage of the process and ensure all of their legal duties are met, including:
- Identifying, locating and notifying potential heirs and beneficiaries
- Notifying and paying creditors
- Locating and documenting all of the estate's assets
- Submitting the estate to probate
- Funding trusts
- Distributing property
- Paying the deceased's final income, estate and gift taxes
I also handle will contests and other estate disputes.
Estate Planning And Probate Help In Marshall County
Contact me, Benton probate lawyer Don Thomas, at 270-406-6171 or 866-289-0518 for a free consultation. Together, we will create a comprehensive estate plan that protects your assets, provides for your family and puts your mind at ease. If Don is not available, please ask to speak with our my paralegal.