South Carolina Probate and Estate Planning Attorneys
Whether you are planning for the future, have an immediate need for assistance probating the estate of a loved one, or seek to challenge your portion of the inheritance from a loved one’s estate, the Strom Law Firm estate planning and litigation attorneys in South Carolina are here to help.
If there is no will or other testamentary document, family members may disagree about their loved one’s home, property, assets, and debts. Even if there is a will, family members often want to know how the probate process works and how long it takes. Someone seeking to draft a will now so that their families will not have to try and answer those questions later, while grieving — also has more questions than answers.
In either case, you have come to the right place.
As a service to our clients in Columbia and the surrounding areas of South Carolina, the Probate and Estate Planning lawyers Strom Law Firm provides smart and sophisticated services relating to wills and estate planning specific to your individual situation. Once you understand the various advantages and disadvantages of all of your options, you will be able to make an informed and educated decision.
Specific Wills and Estate Planning Tools and Services We Can Provide Include:
- Living trusts
- Revocable trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
- Living wills
- Medical directives
- Durable power of attorney
- Probate and estate administration
- Will contest litigation
The last thing that you want is to lose all of your assets to the state and the federal government. Our probate attorneys are experienced in helping individuals estate planning and implement asset protection strategies designed to avoid many of the pitfalls that can lead to heavy estate tax burdens for their loved ones.
What is probate?
The death of a loved one brings more than just grief, it raises many legal questions, like “what is probate?”
Probate is the legal process whereby a will is “proven” in court. The process includes distributing the assets of a deceased person to the heirs of an estate. Probating the estate can be a long, drawn-out process that can be very time consuming even when there is not any conflict among family members.
How the probate court proceeds depend in part upon whether your loved one died with a will, or intestate (without a will). If there is no will or other testamentary document, family members may disagree about their loved one’s home, property, assets, and debts. The Columbia, South Carolina Probate and Estate Planning Lawyers are here to help you.
With proper planning, certain assets may be kept out of probate, potentially minimizing tax consequences. Creating the proper legal documents now may also reduce the likelihood of a will challenge and/or fights related to assets after your passing.
Call us at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. for a free consultation.
Whether you have questions about planning for your own estate or you need help interpreting a will or probating an estate, contact the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss your situation and to hear how we can help.