We Can Prepare Your Estate for the Future
No matter how big your estate is, you need to take the time to make sure you have a strong estate plan that will allow your family to inherit your assets. A major part of coming up with an effective estate plan is preparing for probate. Probate is the process the government uses to settle your estate after you pass away. The probate process is complex and often misunderstood, which is why you should consult with an experienced probate attorney to ensure all of your wishes are carried out after you die.
At Aspen Legacy Planning, our dedicated legal team is here to assist with all of your probate matters. With close to 30 years of experience, we have the skills and knowledge of the law that you need to protect your family when you are no longer around.
What Happens During Probate?
During the probate process, the court will do the following things:
- Determine if there is a valid will
- Complete an inventory of the deceased person’s property
- Appraise the property
- Distribute the property in accordance with the will
Do All of My Assets Have to Go Through Probate?
Not all of your assets have to go through probate. You can use the following estate planning tools to skip probate:
- Living trusts
- Payable-on-death designations for bank accounts
- Transfer-on-death registration for securities
- Joint tenancy
- Transfer-on-death deeds for real estate
- Transfer-on-death registration for vehicles
Visit our law office today to speak with one of our lawyers about which estate planning tools you need to protect your estate.
Consult with our South Dakota Legal Professionals
Do you have more questions about the probate process? We can assess your situation and explain which types of estate planning tools you should utilize to protect your assets and help your family avoid going through probate after your death. We are committed to looking out for our clients’ best interests, and we will use our extensive resources to create a solid estate plan for you.
As your attorneys and counselors, we put your interests first - treating you with respect, honesty and dignity.
Close to 30 Years of Legal Experience
Our attorneys have extensive experience in complex business, commercial and family legal issues.
We offer no-obligation in-person, telephone and video-conference consultations for your convenience.
We have developed our own, unique Forward Development Process (FDP) to move families forward to celebrate their legacies.
Many people put off estate planning for a number of reasons, including:
- Lack of knowledge
- Uneasiness with considering their own mortality
- Confusion about “self-help” resources
- Getting “stuck in neutral” on one issue or another
FDP is designed to make this endeavor more positive, productive, and ultimately a celebration of all that you have accomplished and are passing on to your loved ones. It starts with a simple conversation about your circumstances, goals, concerns, and even fears about what the future holds. From the initial consultation, you will know what to expect, when to expect it, and what it will cost – no surprises.
Call (605) 610-4016 now to get started planning your family’s future.