Advocating For Your Future And Protecting Your Loved Ones
It is never too early or too late to consider what will happen to your assets and estate after you die. While it isn’t an exciting topic to think about, it is important and can provide you with valuable peace of mind. Estate planning involves establishing your wishes for asset distribution, health care and guardianship of minors. Working with a qualified legal professional on your estate plan will help you create a comprehensive and sound plan without missing any details.
For over 15 years, I have represented Summerville clients in estate planning, estate administration and probate matters. As I am a solo practitioner, you will always receive personalized attention when you work with me at Terence M. Hoffman, LLC. I will work closely with you throughout your case, providing honest and straightforward guidance to help you meet your goals and protect your interests.
Estate Administration And Probate Services
After losing a loved one, the last thing you want to do is focus on settling their estate. The good news is that you don’t have to go through the estate administration or probate process alone. When you work with an experienced attorney, you are able to avoid some of the common legal obstacles that are expensive to resolve. I can help you streamline the process.
You shouldn’t have to deal with so many legal worries during such a stressful time. I will handle the required proceedings and administration tasks so that you can focus on your family. I can represent local and out-of-state clients in South Carolina estate administration and probate cases.
When There Is A Dispute, Estate And Probate Litigation May Be Necessary
Most probate and estate administration cases are uncontested and fairly standard. However, when a dispute arises, it is filed in probate court and goes through probate litigation. The probate litigation process involves a court battle between heirs or beneficiaries of an estate.
Disputes that commonly go through probate litigation include:
- Challenges to will validity
- Claims of undue influence
- Failure to act in accordance with the will or trust
- Contests over the conduct or appointment or a guardian
These cases often occur when a family has significant sibling rivalries and or the deceased had a second or multiple marriages. When these issues arise and you are facing probate court, you need to work with an experienced attorney who knows how the process works. I have significant estate and probate litigation experience and have helped many clients defend or dispute an estate in court.
Planning Ahead To Protect Your Future
There are many reasons that an estate plan is necessary to protect your future, assets and family. A comprehensive estate plan can prevent the need for probate litigation and can make the process easier on your family or heirs. It can also help ensure that the people you choose receive your property or assets. Without an estate plan or a will, the court may decide for you, which may not be your preferred option.
Luckily, we can plan and prevent this from happening. An estate plan often includes a will, trust, powers of attorney and a health care directive. I will work closely with you to develop a plan that helps you avoid probate and protect your assets. From designating powers of attorney to drafting a will, I will explain the benefits and limitations of every option so that you can make the best decisions to suit your needs.
Get Experienced Estate And Probate Help Today
Whether you need to create an estate plan or draft a will, or you need help with estate or probate administration, you can rely on Terence M. Hoffman, LLC, to help you.