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Probate, Wills & Estates

Working through Legal Issues When a Loved one Passes Away

Probate & Estate Administration

When a loved one passes away, family members can often find themselves faced with some difficult decisions almost immediately. Having a lawyer on your side as soon as possible can help you understand what forms need to be filed, what taxes need to be paid, and how to navigate the probate process. If there was a will in place, I can help you understand what needs to be done so that the actions requested in the will can be handled in an accurate and timely manner.

While it’s obviously a very emotional time, there are some critical legal items and tax requirements that need to be handled to avoid penalties and interest. Working with a lawyer sooner instead of later can make sure that things are done correctly the first time, which can end up saving thousands of dollars in the long run.

Contested Wills & Probate
If you believe that a sibling, step-parent or other family member is making questionable decisions about how to handle a loved one’s estate, talk to a lawyer while you still can. There are many cases where there are different wills that can contradict each other, or complex family structures can make it difficult to determine how assets will be distributed. I can help protect your rights and ensure that your loved one’s estate is administered fairly and accurately.

Wills & Estate Planning

Many people think that estate planning and writing wills are just for the ultra rich, but the fact is, everyone can benefit from some simple estate planning. Having a will ensures that you have a say over how your possessions and assets are handled after you are gone. While you may not have a lot of material possessions to pass along, a will ensures your surviving family members that what you do have is being handled the way you would have wanted.

Healthcare Directives

Another document that is relatively simple and can reduce a lot of potential conflict is a healthcare directive. A healthcare directive is basically instructions on how you what type of medical treatment you want should you become incapacitated and be unable to communicate.

Free Consultations for Estate Planning, Probate & Administration Clients

I am happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have about probate or estate planning law. While the process can feel daunting and overwhelming, I can help you understand what you’re up against and help you work through the process step by step. The first step is to simply take advantage of a free initial consultation so that you can meet me and we can discuss how I can help you.

If you or a family memeber needs help with an estate planning or probate situation in Shawano or the surrounding area, we can help. Call Mr. Winter at 715-526-2022 to arrange a meeting or click here to contact us online.