Estate Planning and Probate

Estate planning and probate administration are not topics related solely to senior citizens. All adults should have certain estate planning documents in place. These documents commonly include trusts and wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. At Taggart Law Firm, we assist our clients in making sound decisions about estate matters, creating the legal documents that help to provide peace of mind and to achieve each client's long-term goals. We approach estate planning and related probate administration issues, including guardianships and specific senior issues, in a personal, efficient, and cost-conscious manner.

Probate is the legal process that begins after an individual's passing. Probate issues include the identification of the deceased person's property, property appraisal, debt and tax payment on behalf of the deceased, as well as the distribution of property as directed by the deceased's will.
Estate planning is the process by which people develop a plan designed to insure that their lifetime assets are protected and distributed to their intended recipients. Since the founding of Taggart Law Firm in 1876, our attorneys have provided estate planning solutions for people from all walks of life, developing personalized estate instruments.
The growing senior population in the United States today faces unique legal challenges. One of the greatest fears of older Americans is that they may end up in a nursing home.
A guardianship is the appointment of an individual by the probate court to make legal decisions for another person who has become incapacitated through age or disability. Usually the guardian is a family member or attorney.