Trust, Estate and Probate Law

Nationwide Cerebral Palsy Resource Network

Wills, trusts, and estate plans are more than documents, they’re a mode by which people can use to preserve their assets and protect their financial futures. An attorney who specializes in these matters knows that the decisions the client makes are likely to be some of the most important; he or she will act accordingly to prepare documents with care and skill.

Estate planning is critical to maintaining a disabled child's medical care, access to benefits, and more in the face of family changes. For a free consultation, please call Stern Law, PLLC at (800)462-5772.

About trust, estate and probate law

Those who have a child with an impairment or disability, often ask, “What will happen to my child when I’m gone?” Lawyers who concentrate in trusts, estates, wills, and probate law are able to help parents plan for this contingency so that families can feel secure that their children will receive proper care and comfort throughout their lives.

Some children require minimal care, while others with severe conditions may require round-the-clock care. Often, those with special needs are dependent upon parents as primary caregivers. They have learned to understand each other’s needs and preferences. If they are the victims of a devastating medical act or omission that results in a child with birth injuries, families have at their disposal tools to plan ahead to inform future caregivers of their wishes for the ongoing care of their child.

Protecting the child’s interests and establishing future care are the roles and responsibility of lawyers who concentrate in trusts, estates, wills, and probate law. They will help to inventory assets, protect assets, and establish priorities, trusts, power of attorney, guardianship, and conservatorship, where appropriate. These lawyers can also record the preference for beneficiaries and estate executors, which are important designations that will shape the future care a child receives.

In some circumstances, where a will is contested, estate lawyers may continue to represent the individual’s interests in proving competency to the courts at the time the will was filed. They verify the signature is valid and the estate is secured against any unforeseen challenges.
Parents and primary caregivers who pass away without proper planning and documentation leave the matters in the guidance of the probate court system.

Trust, estate, will, and probate law areas of focus include the following:

  • Asset inventory and protection
  • Attestation
  • Conservatorship
  • Estate litigation
  • Estate planning
  • Guardianship
  • Intestacy
  • Probate and estate administration

An attorney will help to inventory assets, protect assets, and establish priorities, trusts, power of attorney, guardianship, and conservatorship, where appropriate. Another service a trust lawyer can provide is recording the preferences for beneficiaries and estate executors, which are important designations that will shape the future care a child receives.

In some circumstances, where a will is contested, estate lawyers may continue to represent a client’s interests in proving competency to the courts at the time the will was filed. They verify the signature is valid – and the estate is secured against any unforeseen challenges.

Parents and primary caregivers who pass away without proper planning and documentation leave the matters in the guidance of the probate courts system. An attorney can guide a client through this process to make sure his or her rights are protected, in the event the unforeseen occurs. For a free review of your case, please call (800)462-5772 or contact Stern Law, PLLC online.