Wills & Trusts Attorney

Serving South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Osceola & The Counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall & LaPorte

Everyone has an Estate, big or small, and each Estate case is important to the family members left behind. If you do not plan for the transfer of your assets after your death, Indiana law determines who receives your assets. It is our job to listen to and advise you with that in mind.

Wills

A will is a document that directs disposition of assets upon death if no other instructions are tied to the asset. It is the instrument in which you select the individual or institution to be in charge of your estate to carry out your wishes and instructions after your death for disposition of assets. For those with young children, Guardians are nominated in a will. These are a few of the many important issues that are involved in a will. Let the Cole Law Firm LLC guide you through the process of designing and preparing a will to fit your particular needs and concerns.

Living Wills

Living Wills are advance directives for health care. These important documents must be constructed in accordance with the laws of the state and in accordance with your particular desires. At the Cole Law Firm LLC, we can explain the most current options available in advance directions, discuss your personal desires and then help you decide on the best available options. Once your decision has been made we can assist by drafting the appropriate Living Will and/or directing you to your healthcare professional for other advance directives that are only available to be executed in conjunction with your doctor.

We have the compassion, knowledge and experience to guide you through a discussion to allow you to make the best personal decisions for yourself so that family members are not required to choose for you.

Powers Of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document in which you grant someone the authority to act as your agent or attorney in fact. These can be general, durable, limited, irrevocable or special powers of attorney. The particular type and powers included depends upon the intended use of the document, regardless of your needs.  The Cole Law Firm LLC. can help you determine the type of powers to be included and then prepare the most appropriate document for you.

Succession Planning

Succession planning is the process of planning to ensure, to the extent possible, that a business is successfully passed to the next generation or subsequent owners of your choice and in an orderly fashion. Planning is important to maximize the possibility of the long term survival of the business and minimize disputes over who should receive the business or business related assets upon your death. At the Cole Law Firm LLC, we have the experience for business and estate law to help you plan for the succession of your business.

Will Contests

Will Contests or disputes arise when there is a dispute or concern that the documents were signed by a person who was not competent or was subject to undue influence. However, disputes also arise over the management of estates and trust.  Very often when there is a will or trust dispute, family members are involved on opposite sides of the dispute. The Cole Law Firm LLC. understands that these cases are even more stressful than other types of litigation cases when you are grieving the loss of a loved one at the same time.

We take pride in working individually with each client to come up with a plan that is tailored to their situation. Whether you need a simple will that communicates your desires or a complex trust to deal with your assets, we can help.  By taking the time now to plan for after you’re gone, you can help to ensure your directives are carried out in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

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