Trusts and Estates
At The Erb Law Firm, PC, we recognize that no two clients’ goals and needs are the same. We work closely with you and your financial advisors to determine the best plan and advice for your individual situation. We believe that Estate Planning encompasses more than a well-drafted Will. We use our experience and knowledge to create documents that work together as a complete plan.
Our Estate Planning services take into account your assets, liabilities, income, age, familial situation, plans and goals for the future. An integral part of the plan is sound financial and medical planning during your lifetime. This may include a Financial Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will.
Protecting your assets during and after your lifetime is a key part of solid estate planning. This can often be accomplished through the use of trusts. We have experience with a variety of trust planning and trust administration, including asset protection and off shore trusts, qualified personal residence trusts and irrevocable trusts. We will also work closely with your insurance providers to create insurance trusts that can be used to pay estate taxes, provide for business succession and many other situations.
Business owners often face particular challenges when planning distribution of assets. Business succession planning is a large segment of our estate planning services. Our combination of business and tax expertise means that you get the best advice when planning the continuity or sale of your business or assets. Both business owners and professionals need to consider equity plans and retirement plans when contemplating an estate plan. At The Erb Law Firm, PC, we work with your investment and financial advisors to coordinate your IRAs, ESOPs, Educational Savings Plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, stock options and other benefits as an important part of your estate plan.
The Erb Law Firm, PC also provides probate estate administration services. We are sensitive to the needs of clients who have recently lost a loved one, and who may be overwhelmed by the duties of dealing with estate administration during an emotionally stressful time. It is equally important that the assets of an estate be identified and distributed in a manner that makes the most practical and financial sense – and is the best interpretation of the decedent’s wishes. We work with clients to help them through this difficult time.
The timing of income tax returns and crucial elections to be made on estate and inheritance tax returns demand the high level of tax knowledge that The Erb Law Firm, PC, offers. We can also assist with post-mortem planning techniques and elections by the Executor to minimize tax consequences and maximize efficiency.