Areas of Practice
While most of us prefer to avoid the subject, estate planning is important for us all (and not just the wealthy). Part of estate planning includes the preparation of various documents such as a: Last Will and Testament; Revocable Trust (also Living Trust) Trust; Irrevocable Trust; Power of Attorney; Designation of Health Care Surrogate; and Living Will. In combination, these documents allow clients to:
- empower others they trust to act on their behalf when needed and…
- pass all remaining property or assets to their loved ones.
Keever Law provides services to address the legal issues affecting the elderly and persons with special needs. All members of our society need and deserve caring advocates on their side, and this is especially true of our elderly and disabled individuals. While traditional estate planning remains important, elder law legal services considers long-term healthcare costs.
Probate and Trust Administration
Once we pass away, our affairs must be settled. This includes memorial and celebration of life arrangements, continuation or pursuit of legal claims on behalf of the decedent, payment of legally enforceable debts of the decedent, and transfer of decedent’s remaining property to beneficiaries or heirs. If assets or property remain titled in the decedent’s name, probate is generally required to legally transfer title to such assets. If the decedent left a valid last will and testament, the probate court will follow those instructions for distributing remaining property (after paying valid creditors).
Guardianship Administration and Litigation
Guardianship is considered a last-resort legal option for managing the affairs an individual during his or her lifetime. Though effective and thoughtful advance estate planning can significantly reduce the chances one may require a guardian, guardianship can be unavoidable in certain circumstances.
Tax Advice and Representation
We all know that death and taxes are life’s certainties. Tax knowledge is required and invaluable when assisting individuals in estate planning, probate, trust, business and other legal matters. It is especially important to work with an attorney that not only understand various tax issues but can work as a team with a client’s certified public accountant or other accounting professional.