Estate Planning

The assets you create and accumulate over a lifetime can be a source of great pride, and distributing them to the people and causes you cherish can be a
source of comfort and peace of mind.

Whatever your wishes are for the disposition of your estate- whether to family, friends, charitable causes or institutions - it's vitally important you
undertake the proper estate planning to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes and not state statute, which can leave out
beneficiaries you might otherwise want to include.

The best estate planning also works to minimize tax liabilities and protect the financial interests of your estate to maximize the amount that goes to
beneficiaries rather than the government.

At Hutchens Law Firm, we deliver all of the above. Our proven and extensive experience makes us well-versed in the proper legal considerations and
contingencies to help you develop a strategy and legal framework to ensure your wishes are fulfilled.

We begin with a personal consultation to determine your estate's assets and their composition as well your wishes for their disposition. We then walk you
through all the considerations to customize and develop a strategy that meets your specific needs. These services include:

  • Explaining the probate and non-probate process and explaining the difference between probate and non-probate assets
  • Developing a plan regarding the probate and non-probate assets to minimize Estate Tax and Generation Skipping Tax liabilities
  • Deciding whether assets need to be retitled in a spouse's or another individual's name
  • Advising clients on wealth management issues regarding life insurance, annuities, stocks, bonds and other investment vehicles
  • Explain and create, if advisable, Trust Agreements for Surviving Spouses and Minor Children, whether Testamentary or Stand Alone
  • Drafting all estate planning documents including but not limited to: Wills, Trusts, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Durable Powers of Attorney, and
    Living Wills

You can count on our knowledge of all legal considerations, our acute attention to detail and flawless execution to ensure that your estate will be
properly positioned to leave the lasting legacy you deserve.