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ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION

When it comes to planning for the future it is essential that you have an effective estate plan to ensure that your wishes are carried out once you can no longer voice them. At Hart Bell, our attorneys will work closely with you to formulate a plan that ensures your wishes are clearly evidenced during your life and after your death. Regardless of the value of your estate, it is important to have a plan in place to ensure peace of mind for you and all of your loved ones. When you choose Hart Bell to assist you with your estate plan we will work closely with you to create a plan that best matches your goals. We can advise you on the uses and purposes of a Will, Revocable and/or Irrevocable Trusts. In helping you through this process we can advise you on the various tax issues that can arise as a result of estate distributions. We will also provide you with the necessary documents to appoint an individual to manage your finances in the event you are incapacitated, identify an individual who you wish to make healthcare choices on your behalf should you become unable to do so, and to clearly communicate to medical providers and loved ones exactly which treatments you choose or refuse, including when to stop medical treatment.

Effectively planning for your future may also include creating a trust for your beneficiaries. Our attorneys have extensive experience in drafting the necessary documents to allow you to create a trust which best fits your estate goals.

Our attorneys can help you with a Pre-Nuptial Agreement, sometimes called Ante-Nuptial Agreement, which are utilized to preserve planning opportunities for individuals preparing to marry.

The attorneys at Hart Bell have broad experience in estate and trust administration, guardianships, and estate litigation matters, including will contests. Our attorneys regularly conduct probate administrations in Indiana and Illinois. We are sensitive to the needs of our clients during this difficult time that follows the loss of a loved one and work diligently to administer the estate and/or trust in as expedient a manner as possible.



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