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The single most important aspect of any estate plan, is that the plan should work the way the person intends it to do so.  The probate process can be complicated to navigate all the various legal issues.  It is important to work with an attorney who regularly handles Estate Planning matters.  The attorney’s role will include guiding you through the creation of fundamental estate planning documents. These may include a Last Will and Testament; Living Will; Health Care Power of Attorney; Financial Power of Attorney; Hippa Release and Pre-Need Guardian Designation.

You’ll make the decisions, and the estate planning attorney and tax advisor can help you think through and understand the sometimes complex implications of each option. They will also help you communicate your wishes clearly, avoid mistakes, minimize taxes, and adjust your plans as time goes by or your circumstances change.

Estate Planning can be lumped into two basic categories:  Will based planning and Trust based Planning

(Another category of Personal Injury is referred to as medical malpractice.  This area of law is where a person was injured due to an action or lack of action by a medical provider.  This area of law has become very specialized and it takes an experience group of lawyers to handle this type of case).  *Williamson Law Firm does not specifically handle Medical Malpractice cases, but can assist you in getting your case evaluated by attorneys who regularly handle this type of case.

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Civil Litigation – The process of appearing in court to represent a plaintiff or defendant in a variety of legal issues.  Civil Litigation can cover a broad range of legal topics, such as Personal Injury, contract disputes, Real Estate disputes etc.  Each case will have different laws that apply but all of the cases are governed by a set of rules of court which establish the procedural way to handle the case.  It is best to have an attorney who has spent a lot of time in court, as litigation skills is a skill that needs to remain exercised to be of the best use.

Estate Planning – The creation of an estate plan, is probably one of the most important decisions that people procrastinate about.  One reason that people often procrastinate is that the creation of an estate plan requires a person to consider there on demise.  Thus it is often a decision that many people put off Wayne Williamsonuntil later in life.  I recommend that anyone can benefit from having an estate plan, no matter what age as we never know what tomorrow may bring our way.

The single most important aspect of any estate plan, is that the plan should work the way the person intends it to do so.  The probate process can be complicated to navigate all the various legal issues.  It is important to work with an attorney how regularly handles Estate Planning matters.  The attorney’s role will include guiding you through the creation of fundamental estate planning documents. These may include a Last Will and Testament; Living Will; Health Care Power of Attorney; Financial Power of Attorney; Hippa Release and Pre-Need Guardian Designation.

You’ll make the decisions, and the estate planning attorney and tax advisor can help you think through and understand the sometimes complex implications of each option. They will also help you communicate your wishes clearly, avoid mistakes, minimize taxes, and adjust your plans as time goes by or your circumstances change.

Estate Planning can be lumped into two basic categories:  Will based planning and Trust based Planning.

Will based Planning often involves smaller estates or estate where there are not any special circumstances which require unique planning techniques.

Trust based Planning, usually involves the use of a Revocable Living Trust or sometimes an Irrevocable Trust along with several components of the Will Based System.  However, a revocable Trust offers a lot more flexibility and many extra features that are typically not included in a Will Based Plan.  One big extra, is that a Trust, when property established and properly funding can avoid the need of Probate.

Whether you use a Will based plan or a Trust based plan, the most important decision is to make the plan work.  After 19+ years practicing law, I find that getting the assistance of a lawyer who regularly prepares estate planning documents give a very helpful hand of achieving an Estate Plan that works and not just a pile of documents that you don’t understand.

Probate – The process of transferring the assets of a decedent to the lawful heirs of the Estate.  The probate process can be simple to complex depending upon a variety of factors and issues.  Typically, the court will require that a person hire a lawyer to assist in filing the probate action, as there are numerous documents and documentation that must be done in proper sequence to make the probate process run smoothly.

The cost of probate can vary greatly case to case since each decedent and their assets and heirs come in different configurations.  However, an experienced Probate attorney can help navigate you through the process.

Guardianship – is a legal procedure that must be used with a person is considered to be incapacitated.  The most common type of guardianship is an adult incapacity case, where the adult has suffered some type of physical or mental trauma or illness which affects the person’s ability to carry out all activities of daily living with the help of others. The guardianship can be temporary or permanent depending upon the event which caused the incapacity.  Guardianship law, similar to Probate Law requires that an attorney assist in bringing the legal action in court, as there are numerous documents and documentation that must be done in proper sequence to make the guardianship process run smoothly.

Personal Injury / Wrongful Death – Is a specialized type of law and focuses upon trying to get compensation for an injured person who was injured by the fault of another person or compensation to the family of a person who was killed as a result of the fault of another person.  The most common is auto accidents but also include slip and fall cases as well.  The key component of any personal injury case is dealing with the insurance company who represents the party at fault.  Many cases can settle out of court and many must go all the way to a trial and some even to an appeal.  Often times having a lawyer, who is familiar with dealing with the insurance company can assist the client in getting a fair result.

(Another category of Personal Injury is referred to as medical malpractice.  This area of law is where a person was injured due to an action or lack of action by a medical provider.  This area of law has become very specialized and it takes an experience group of lawyers to handle this type of case).  *Williamson Law Firm does not specifically handle Medical Malpractice cases, but can assist you in getting your case evaluated by attorneys who regularly handle this type of case.

Real Estate Law – Real Estate is a broad area of law that deals typically with some type of form of interest in land and sometimes a dispute regarding an interest in land.

Wayne Williamson has practiced in the area of Real Estate Law for his entire 19+ year career.  (for approximately 14 years Wayne operated a Title Company and conducted 100’s of title closings).  Wayne has also handled many types of court cases involving land, and brings to each case his experience as a title attorney and his litigation experience which helps him to spot and focus upon all the unique issues that surround a real estate disputes.