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How one handles their assets through life and upon their death is both a complicated and difficult decision.  Bloom Gates Sigler & Whiteleather, LLP specializes in helping our clients prepare for and implement their estate planning objectives through the drafting of wills, trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, spendthrift trusts, charitable trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents.  No matter the size of your estate, we can tailor a plan to accommodate you, including the consideration of the death tax and Medicaid planning. We are adept at assisting our clients with this valuable planning.


Without proper estate planning, you are allowing someone else to decide how your estate will be handled.  If you die without a will, state law will dictate how your assets are divided and a judge may very well decide who will raise your minor children.  Also, if your estate is large enough that the federal death tax is implicated, the federal government may share in your estate without proper planning. The goals of effective estate planning are to alleviate these concerns and permit you to decide today, how your affairs will be handled when you are not here to control them. Thinking ahead, you may want to focus on the following issues:

  • Provision for the supervision and control of one’s minor children, including their education and support needs
  • Distribution of precious items or family heirlooms
  • Distribution of assets
  • The avoidance of unnecessary taxation
  • The avoidance of unnecessary probate expenses and challenges
  • Protection in case of incapacity
  • Clarification of your intentions on "end of life" issues, including the preparation of a living will


An estate plan may address some or all of these issues depending on your needs. A well drafted estate plan may include the following:


  • A will
  • An insurance trust
  • Other intervivos (lifetime) trust(s)
  • Trusts for the care of minor children
  • Trusts for the care of children with special needs or that are incapacitated
  • Guardianship provisions for minor children
  • Power of attorney
  • A life prolonging procedures declaration or living will

To prepare your estate plan, please contact our office today.


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