Practice Areas | Estate Planning & Administration
Many people have specific plans and desires for how their assets or, more generally, their estate, is to be divided subsequent to their death. Because of many and various factors, including the popularity of multiple marriages, the increase of mixed family relations, and changing tax laws, the precise drafting of a Will is important in order to accomplish this objective. We have seen too many instances in the past where inadequate estate planning has caused a failure in enacting the original intentions of the deceased.
While individuals can draft their own Will and it can be effective, it is just as likely that such a do-it-yourself document will complicate the estate administration process and, if not properly written, may not ensure that your intentions are met. We at Woodland, McCoy & Shinn are experienced in the entire process of estate planning, have counseled many families, and have written many Wills for individuals over the years.
Often a relative dies, naming someone as an Executor. That Executor may not have any knowledge whatsoever of the deceased relative’s estate and financial affairs or of the legal and practical procedures involved in administering the decedent's estate. We have assisted Executors in administering many estates over the years and are skilled in this area of law. Additionally, we have substantial experience appearing in Probate Court for challenges to Wills or in regard to the administration of an estate.