Wills, Trusts & Estate Administration

It’s a delicate matter with obvious emotional undertones, but Hutchens Law delivers the experience and empathy to help you leave the legacy you want and deserve.

The drafting and formation of wills and trusts requires a long view down the track to navigate the twists and turns in front of you now, and those your loved ones might have to navigate in the future. We use our expertise in the intricacies of the law as well as our experience to straighten out the road and ensure a smooth course.

We begin with a personal consultation to learn about your wishes in regards to distribution of your assets and then design an estate plan that ensures the legacy you wish to leave is properly and smoothly administered.

There are a number of legal avenues to ensure proper distribution of your assets, and we can help guide you through the best solutions for what you ultimately wish to achieve. We can advise and help you execute any of the following:

Estate Services

The design, drafting and all services related to:

  • Simple Wills
  • Wills with Testamentary Trust Provisions for Surviving Spouses and Minor Children
  • Pour-Over Wills
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts

These can be done with any beneficiary you might have in mind, including:

  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
  • Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

Tax reduction

We also offer strategies for reducing estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Contact us to learn about these gifting strategies, which include everything from the use of life insurance trusts to creating family limited partnerships and limited liability companies to developing charitable remainder and charitable lead trusts.

Lifetime Gifting

We can also assist you with lifetime gifting programs, including planning for the transition of family-owned businesses from older to younger generations, planning for charitable giving, and the use of private foundations.

Personal Contingencies

These are inherently the most personal decisions an individual can make, but we can help you remove the potential burden from family members by helping you prepare for possible incapacitation or disability through powers of attorney and living wills. We can also help you plan for eligibility for government health care benefits.