When you need a skilled lawyer to help you with your estate and probate concerns, you can rely on us at the Knochel Law Firm. We draft wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, and we guide estate administrators through the probate process. Contact us at our offices in Bullhead City to discuss how we can help you.
Drafting Effective Wills and Estate Planning Tools
Estate planning is the process of drafting legal documents designed to successfully implement your last wishes. Estate planning services we provide include:
- Wills: Your will is your most basic estate planning tool. It sets out your wishes regarding how your property should be distributed, appoints an executor to implement those wishes and names guardians for your minor children.
- Living trusts: By placing a portion of your estate in a trust, you can avoid the expenses and delays of probate, passing your property to your chosen recipients through a private process.
- Spendthrift trusts: There are a number of good reasons why you may want, in your will, to give a chosen trustee the authority to manage your property in the interests of an heir.
- Living wills: Your living will sets out your wishes regarding life-saving medical treatment.
- Durable powers of attorney: By granting a trusted person a power of attorney over your financial or personal affairs, you gain protection in case you lose the capacity to make these decisions for yourself.
We offer our services in these areas so you can have access to an effective and comprehensive estate plan.
Guiding You Through Each Step of Probate
If you have been named as the executor of a loved one's estate in a will, or if your family member has died without a will, we can help you through the probate process.
The first step is the appointment of the estate's personal representative by the probate court. If there is a will, it should name an executor; otherwise, an administrator will be chosen by the court.
The personal representative must then give notice of his or her appointment and where and when the estate's creditors may file claims, take an inventory of the estate, appraise the property, distribute the property and close the estate.
We will guide you through each step of probate in Arizona, Nevada or California. Contact us to get skilled legal assistance.