Trusts & Estates
Establishing your trust and estate is a serious endeavor involving serious decision-making. Even a seemingly uncomplicated situation quickly becomes complicated once questions are asked and wishes come into play. It requires an attorney with in-depth knowledge of real estate law, tax law, business law and more depending on your family and financial circumstances. It deserves an attorney willing to do more than push papers and file documents – one who works with and understands your family dynamics to develop an arrangement that works even after you’re gone.
DSDK encourages clients to set up their trust and estate while they have control over the situation. We ask you to look at the moment in life when you’re gone, not at your life today. We ask why you’re doing this and work from there. We tell you what you need to hear, even if it’s not necessarily what you want to hear. This is the only way you’ll know the practical, realistic and legal effects of your decisions to protect your family and avoid probate and the court system – relying on a website to provide legal documents of this kind can lead to trouble and contests. They cannot take into account nuances and often end with administration issues – the very thing you’re trying to avoid.
Generally we engage trust and estate clients on a flat fee basis, but of course, every situation and client is different and we’ll work with you to determine the best course of action to create your trust and estate.
DSDK is experienced in handling all types of estate planning and related services, including:
- Revocable living trusts
- Irrevocable life insurance and gift trusts
- Durable powers of attorney and living wills
- Estates and trust administration
- Lawsuit protection
- Reduction of transfer taxes
- Estate and trust litigation
- Charitable planning