Poughkeepsie Estate Planning Attorneys
The estate planning practice at Van DeWater & Van DeWater is one of the longest standing in the Mid-Hudson region of New York. Since 1914, we have helped individuals and families solidify secure and manageable estate plans through very thorough and cost-effective processes. Historically, our attorneys have handled large estate plans dealing with businesses, real estate property, trusts, and complex wills and health care directives. Essentially, the types of cases that involve the transfer and distribution of significant family wealth.
Today, and for the past several years, we have encouraged people of all income levels, ages and estate sizes to strongly consider drafting a formal and legally binding will and estate plan, not just for wealth preservation and protection, but also for the sake of their loved ones and beneficiaries.
- If you die with a legally drafted will, your estate will go through the probate court process.
- If you die without a will, your estate will be administered by the court, and it’s not likely that it will be distributed according to your wishes.
What defines an estate? An “estate” generally constitutes all the property you own or share ownership of with some other party.
Why should you have an estate plan? It is important for your heirs and beneficiaries to have clear direction regarding how your property will be distributed, how you wish for your health and finances to be managed should you become incapacitated, and how your assets will be protected. Putting your wishes in writing and creating financial vehicles to protect your assets with the help of an estate planning attorney can create tax efficiencies and help your loved ones avoid disputes in the course of probate or estate administration once you have passed away.
Our Estate Planning Services
The comprehensive and cutting-edge services at Van DeWater & Van DeWater are designed to accommodate a diverse clientele with a variety of estate planning needs, including:
- Elder law
- Powers of attorney
- Health care proxy
- Medical directives/advance directives
- Tax planning
- Business succession
- Probate and administration representation
- Dispute resolution
Our Poughkeepsie estate planning lawyers are skilled in solidifying your wishes, effectively communicating your estate plan to heirs and beneficiaries, and minimizing the possibility of disputes over health care, finances and property distribution.
Dutchess County Wills And Power Of Attorney Lawyers
Don’t wait for serious health issues to arise, or think that loved ones share your intended wishes for your estate. Call us at 845-243-5214 or 800-817-2918 toll free to schedule a consultation. We will provide you with the guidance and representation necessary to ensure your wishes stand against any legal challenge. You may also contact us by email.