Probate Lawyers in Denver Saving Your Family from Costly Legal Headaches
Have you witnessed a friend or family member deal with a loved one’s estate when there’s no estate plan involved? The probate process is an involved legal process for settling a deceased person’s estate when there’s no estate plan or living will to provide instruction.
It can be complex and financially straining, and draining, for that matter, when there’s no clear plan for who receives the money, property, or assets of a deceased loved one. Watching the court pick a guardian for minor children or distribute assets to randomly selected family members knowing your loved one would not have made those decisions, is difficult to watch, and the outcome isn’t always fair.
The complications of not having an estate plan negatively impact your family members and cause turmoil and legal headaches where the probate courts are involved. With the right steps and attorney, this doesn’t have to become your reality.
Estate planning is a specialty of Ragab Law Firm, P.C. and a solution to avoiding probate court, among other benefits. We assist clients early on to avoid legal hassles down the road by creating a blueprint for how your property and assets will be distributed in the event you become incapacitated or pass away.
Our extensive expertise in estate planning, wills and trusts, and probate matters will help influence the framework for protecting your family’s future and ultimately preserving your legacy for the next generation.
Is Probate Court Always Necessary?
Probate court can be avoided with the right legal tools, guidance, and counsel from our skilled probate lawyers at Ragab Law Firm, P.C.
An estate plan is one of the only ways to control the outcome of an unexpected event like a medical trauma or death, so your family can facilitate your wishes per your instruction, make quick decisions and inherit your assets without the need for court involvement.
The court’s duty, in the absence of an estate plan or will, is to follow protocol and determine any living heirs to begin distributing assets as there’s no executor to execute on the decedent’s final wishes.
As another way the probate court and trust administration get involved, if only a will is available, probate law requires all wills to go through the process in order to be validated and authenticated. Essentially this is the first step to giving the executor of a will permission to execute on the estate and begin distributing assets.
The probate process can be simple or costly and lengthy depending on a variety of factors, including the legal tools present to protect the decedent, the number of heirs, a more complex estate, family member disputes, and more.
Our probate lawyers have extensive experience in probate litigation and estate planning. We can help you avoid probate or navigate a confusing and stressful process with ease as these needs arise.
How Can I Protect My Family from Probate?
Your family is vulnerable to probate court if you only have a living will or no estate plan at all. Some of the biggest life decisions you can make are captured in an estate plan and if the people you leave behind have no clear direction to settle your estate, it can cause internal strife, added cost, and legal headaches.
Not to mention, it will leave these important decisions up to the court.
One simple way to protect your family that will give back in the long run is creating an estate plan and considering a trust, in addition to a living will. As part of an overarching estate plan, these legal tools allow you to set your terms your way when the unexpected hits.
With the guidance of our probate lawyers, we can help you initiate a living will and trust as a private way to preserve and manage your money, assets, and property. Additionally, other important legal tools will provide guardianship for your minor children and accommodate special arrangements related to special needs children, donate to charities, and establish a plan for critical medical decisions.
Putting all of these critical decisions in one place is an effective and legally-sound way to ensure the rightful heirs receive your assets, minimize taxes, offer long-term financial protection, and protect your family from the probate court.
When the unexpected hits, Ragab Law Firm, P.C. is your go-to attorney for end-of-life planning, estate, and probate matters. Alternatively, if you have a probate case, our extensive experience can help you and your family resolve disputes through litigation.
What is Estate Planning, and is Probate Involved?
Estate planning ensures your family’s comfort, security, and peace of mind when you’re gone.
A living will is a legal document that captures your final wishes, funeral arrangements, and how you envision your assets to be distributed when you’re gone. Your named executor will facilitate your will.
As a legal document, a will serves an important purpose in communicating some of your end-of-life wishes, though as a standalone document, you cannot include plans for certain kinds of property or reduce your estate taxes, among other important decisions.
To prevent the probate process, you must consider the valuable addition of a trust as part of your estate plan. A trust is a private fiduciary agreement that becomes effective immediately, unlike a will that only goes into effect after you die. A named trustee preserves and manages the trust while you’re alive, in the event you become incapacitated, and distributes assets after your death.
With the addition of a trust, you can minimize estate taxes, protect your estate from creditors and lawsuits, and ensure your assets are distributed directly to your loved ones with no probate court involvement.
When you want to avoid probate, pick up the phone and book a free consultation with our estate planning attorneys at (303) 564-7313.
How Can a Probate Attorney Protect My Future?
Avoiding probate starts with the right preparation and planning. Our estate planning attorneys take a comprehensive approach to your estate’s assets. We assist clients with every aspect of estate planning, small and complex estates, and probate court, including litigation when disputes arise.
Estate planning allows you to control the outcome of an unexpected event like a medical trauma or death. It’s also the most proactive way to protect your assets and ensure they get into the hands of your loved ones and not the probate court, as well as protecting your valuable assets from creditors and disputes.
We help guide clients through the creation of wills and trusts, to naming beneficiaries and executors and other major life decisions highlighted in an estate plan, as well as help the smooth transfer of assets to settle the affairs of the decedent.
In the event there is no living will or estate plan, our probate attorneys can help manage and support legal proceedings to hinder further legal headaches or confusion while settling an estate.
On all matters of your estate, Ragab Law Firm, P.C. will help you navigate the complexities of end-of-life planning and probate court as needs arise. Book a free consultation with one of our probate attorneys today to see how we can help at (303) 564-7313.