Estate Planning & Probate

Estate Planning Is Important

Estate planning always seems to be a back burning issue. You think, I will get around to it. Then another year passes and you have still yet to follow through. It simply is not a fun topic to think about, much less discuss with spouse or children. But, those who have experienced the loss of a close relative know, or quickly learn of, the importance of a good estate plan. Simply put, the lack of an estate plan makes everything a little more difficult. Often times, clients are surprised to learn how the default rules, known as the intestacy statutes, divide up and distribute property. Especially if you have a second marriage or blended family.

Smart Planning Now Avoids Headaches Later

At Applegate Fifer Pulliam LLC, we regularly work with individuals or couples to assess their needs and plan for the future. Our attorneys have experience drafting wills, trusts, power of attorneys, health care directives, and living wills in Indiana and Kentucky. A relatively simple document such as a durable power of attorney not only makes it easier to help care for aging parents, but can save you significant expense and the ordeal associated with guardianship proceedings. The repeal of the Indiana inheritance tax has opened up new possibilities for avoiding the sometimes slow and tedious process of probating an estate. We can show you different approaches to avoid the probate process altogether. By helping you, we can also help make things easier for those you leave behind.

Legal Support And Guidance Through Difficult Times

If you have lost a loved one and now are tasked with probating a will or administering a trust, it is hard to know where to start or what to do. We often hear of clients feeling emotionally drained and overwhelmed. At Applegate Fifer Pulliam LLC, we are here to help. Let us share our experience with you and guide you through what can be a difficult process. Whether you have been named an executor, personal representative or trustee, our attorneys have counseled and assisted others just like you. We can help you meet your fiduciary obligations, deal with creditors and share our knowledge to help you minimize the potential for family conflict.

Contact Our Legal Team

Find out more about our estate planning and probate practice by calling 812-284-9499. You can also send us an email.