Estate Planning

Estate Planning | Wills & Trusts

Preparing a will or a trust is an absolutely essential part of protecting your assets and your family’s future.

If you are concerned about protecting your assets and your loved ones in the event of your death – and you should be – the Ashland law office of Robert Good can help you. Avoid all unnecessary tax, possibly avoid probate and create an effective plan for distribution of your assets upon your death. Robert Good will work with you to create an estate plan that makes sense for you and your family, providing you with the personalized attention at a reasonable cost only found at a smaller firm.

Advance Directives & Powers of Attorney

Robert Good can also help you create a plan in the event that you or your loved ones became seriously ill or incapacitated, and need someone to help make decisions for you or manage your personal or financial affairs. Our firm will help you make a plan using legal tools including an advance directive and power of attorney.

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Robert Good also can help establish the appropriate type of “protective proceeding” such as a guardianship or conservatorship, when a loved one is unable to care for his or herself due to age, illness or accident. This may require court intervention, which we view as the last option after all other possibilities have been exhausted.

Planning your estate can be hard to think about and easy to put off, but it is a vital part of protecting your assets and your family. Give yourself the peace of mind you and your family deserve and contact the office of Robert Good in Ashland to arrange for a consultation today.

Estate Administration (“Probate”):

If someone close to you has passed away, the law office of Robert Good can help you manage the court procedure known as probate. The purpose of the probate process is to handle all of the various aspects of administering the estate after death, including distributing assets.

The probate process takes several months at a minimum, and includes various legal requirements such as notifying heirs and beneficiaries, finding and inventorying all estate assets, paying estate expenses and reporting all of the financial activity to the court. The court has to authorize any distribution of assets.

If a will exists, the personal representative named in the will is the person who will be in charge of administering the estate. The personal representative typically hires a lawyer to assist them with this process, which requires numerous court filings, and possibly litigation or mediation in the case of a dispute.

Our office will effectively and efficiently guide you and your family through the often complex and confusing probate process.

Contesting a Will or Trust

You may have questions or concerns about how someone is managing a probate or trust. You may be an excluded beneficiary who wonders if you need to litigate to obtain your rightful portion of an estate. Or you may believe a personal representative is attempting to distribute estate assets in a way that violates the terms of a will. Regardless of the situation, a dispute over an estate can be highly emotional and difficult.

We understand the stress and frustration involved when you have to decide whether to contest a will, a trust or a fiduciary. We know how upsetting it can be when you move forward with litigation against family members and close friends. At the law office of Robert Good we work compassionately with our clients and aggressively represent their interests throughout the process of a will contest or probate litigation.

Trust Administration

If your loved one had a trust in place, or if you were named as a “successor trustee,” you likely need some guidance about administering the trust. The law office of Robert Good can help you understand your new responsibilities, and we can help do the necessary legal legwork for you during what may be a difficult time in your life.