Man and woman signing papersThis article is being written to conclude and recap our series on how estate planning can be utilized to allow one’s heirs to avoid Connecticut’s probate process. We considered it important to write on this topic due to the fact that probate can be expensive, time consuming, and stressful for the heirs. Moreover, the probate process can often end with results that are not consistent with the deceased’s final wishes. The goal of our recent article was to provide information which will assist with understanding how proper estate planning can help ensure that one’s wishes are honored. It was also our goal to provide information which can assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact us today to speak with a Hartford estate planning attorney.

We addressed a number of topics over our recent articles. Subjects which we analyzed include:

There are multiple reasons why we chose to address these topics. First, there are a number of assets that can be passed to a beneficiary as a matter of course. These include bank accounts, brokerage accounts, as well as real property. Ensuring a proper passing of such assets, however, does require that your beneficiaries be properly designated and that your property be properly titled. Second, a living trust can provide more flexibility than what is obtained by simply having a last will and testament. This means that, in addition to skipping probate, a living trust assists with ensuring that your goals are met. Third, avoiding probate can save your heirs time, money, and stress. Also important is the fact that avoiding probate can help to prevent the breakdown of familial relationships. Finally, if you do not keep your estate planning documents up to date then a) your heirs will likely have to go through the probate process and b) your assets will likely not be distributed in the way in which you wished.

One point we stressed in each of these articles is the need to retain an experienced attorney to assist you with putting your affairs in order. This is a complicated area of law. Retaining lesser experienced counsel, or utilizing a “do it yourself” form, can result in undesirable results. Our Hartford estate planning lawyers have been serving the area for decades and we take great pride in the level of service which our firm offers. If you need assistance then contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.

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