Estate Planning

It is common for people to first decide it is time for an estate plan when they experience the death or birth of a loved one, but the sooner you confirm the details of your estate the better. The need for an estate plan is tied to your undeniable vulnerability to the unexpected. It is impossible to know what will happen when commuting to work tomorrow, traveling on vacation, or simply living everyday life. One way to protect your assets, benefit your family and provide peace of mind is to contact Merriman Law Office and settle your estate plan.

We provide comprehensive estate planning options to protect your assets and your family. We understand each client is different and that an estate plan must fit the particular needs of the client and their family. In developing your estate plan, we will consider each member of your family, your values and short and long term goals. Whether drafting sophisticated planning strategies for complicated Trusts or a simple wills and powers of attorney, you will understand the details of your estate plan and you will be confident in knowing that your estate is secure.

In addition to wills, trusts and powers of attorney, Merriman Law Office is also available to assist you with:

  • Guardianships (emergency, minors and disabled/incompetent individuals)
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Legal Name Changes
  • Health Care Directives
  • Livings Wills

Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

Probate Administration involves the post death management and transfer of assets according to an estate plan or the state laws of intestate succession. In short, it deals with the distribution of assets after someone passes away. Probate administration involves complex considerations and decisions that are often not apparent to the executor, personal representative, beneficiaries of the estate or the family in general. The person acting as personal representative or executor has many legal responsibilities that go well beyond what is set forth in a Will. For example, providing notice to unknown creditors. It is critical to obtain the advice and counsel of a competent professional to ensure that the estate is administered properly, and to guard against personal liability of the executor or personal representative.

All too often the failure to recognize, understand and carry out legal requirements is the source of intense litigation that squanders and delays the distribution of a family member’s assets. Merriman Law Office will provide a detailed description of what is required by the law to open, manage, distribute and close a decedent’s estate. We will provide unbiased counsel during a difficult and emotional time, and will assist you in handling all aspects of the administration of a decedent’s estate.

For a Free Consultation, Call Merriman Law Office Today at (248) 652-3600