Let’s face it, most people want control over what will happen to their hard–earned assets even after they die. The Will is the most frequently used device to carry out a person’s last wishes. One should not assume that, absent a Will or Trust, their assets will pass automatically to those they would want to inherit their property. Often, people think the State will “get everything” if there is no Will. That is a popular misconception. In fact, the law provides that certain family members will inherit in the absence of a Will. However, the law which determines who will inherit your property if you die without a Will may not provide for the individuals you want to inherit from your estate.
Whether you need a simple Will or something more complex, the attorneys at Glenn & Breheney have the knowledge and experience to help their clients achieve the result they want. We lead our clients through the many options in creating a Will, such as, special gifts, dividing the estate into parts or shares, dealing with complex estate and income tax issues, providing an alternate plan if one or more of the beneficiaries of the Will predeceases the maker of the Will, and appointing the representative (an executor and, if necessary, a trustee) to carry out the client’s directions. We discuss ways to utilize a Will to handle important issues based on the client’s particular circumstances, for example, the appointment of a Guardian for minor children, or fashioning testamentary spendthrift trusts. We have the experience and caring attitude to guide our clients through alternatives to handle sensitive issues. We are able to facilitate the making of a Will which satisfies the client’s wishes and goals.