It's always the right time to plan ahead.
Planning your estate is so important at any stage of your life. Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not only for the wealthy. In fact, there is so much more to estate planning than simply protecting your finances and assets. By working with Pellegrino & Pellegrino, we can address everything from who can make health care decisions for you as well as who will take care of your minor children if you should pass away unexpectedly. Don't leave these decisions up to mourning family members. Let us create an estate plan that fits your goals.
Estate planning and administration can often intersect with other areas of the law. We take a 360 degree approach to successfully handling these kinds of cases by utilizing all of our legal resources and experiences appropriately.
Areas Pellegrino & Pellegrino can help you:
ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES (LIVING WILLS)
CONSERVATORSHIPS AND GUARDIANSHIPS
POWERS OF ATTORNEY
LAST WILL & TESTAMENTS
TRUSTS, INCLUDING SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS
MINIMIZING ESTATE TAXES
Estate Administration And Probate Law
When someone passes away, his or her estate must be administered according to his or her wishes as they are presented in their will. Often times an estate must go through the probate process during which a court will supervise the distribution of the individual's assets and the payment of any debts.
This process is can be complex and involves a substantial amount of documentation. Disputes may arise during the probate process where a family member or other party may contest the validity of the will. We will help you through this process and handle any probate litigation that may emerge.
Frequently Asked Questions
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+ How will I know what documents I need to complete my estate plan?
We will provide you with a free initial consultation to review your situation and needs. You will then have information needed to decide on which documents best address your needs.
+ What are the legal fees associated with my estate plan?
Legal fees depend upon the number of documents for the estate plan and the complexity of them. A firm estimate can be given after the initial consultation.
+ If someone in my family dies, will I have to pay legal fees upfront for the probate process?
Generally the answer is no. Court costs are paid by the estate while probate is in process but legal fees are normally paid at the end of the probate period.
+ How long does it take to settle a decedent’s estate?
Typically, under Connecticut law, it takes approximately 9 to 12 months to complete. Complex estates can take longer, especially if there are businesses and real estate to be liquidated.