Trusts, Probate & Guardianships Featured
There are many reasons to set up a trust. Simplicity (once they are funded), tax minimization, clarity, etc. But one reason nearly all trusts are created is also to avoid the courtroom. Unfortunately, all too often, when there is enough at stake, there is nothing that will keep interested beneficiaries from a fight that ultimately leads to court.
When it does happen, the Thompson Law Office is here to assist you, regardless which side of the battle you’re on. We’ve represented beneficiaries, grantors, grantors’ agents, trustees, other fiduciaries, and creditors alike in litigation involving trust related issues. We understand the unique nature of a trust and the problems that emerge when an unforeseeable situation arises and the terms of the trust could not clearly determine how a distribution should be made.
We navigate all the difficult and choppy waters you face along the way, and advise you on every potential option and how we recommend seeking resolution, while always leaving the decision of how to proceed to you. Our goal is the best outcome we can achieve for you.
When death intervenes and a family is faced with the difficult transition after losing a loved one, it’s very helpful to have experienced counsel at your side. Whether there is a Will or assets subject to intestate succession that must be probated, we have the experience to assist you in settling the estate and moving forward.
We handle Will contests and probate litigation over contested assets as well as the basic probate process, and seek the same kind of results for you in these cases as we would in any other. Your success and peace of mind is tantamount to our practice.
Most people don’t know that adoption (dealing with a person’s overall estate and family) is part of probate, but as it includes matters that otherwise fall within the scope of what would be a guardianship, adoption is handled through he probate process as well.
Guardianships are much more complex than people tend to understand. When you assume the role of guardian, you are assuming a major and complete set of responsibilities for a person. Of course, the guardianship may be for some who is elderly, disabled or a minor. Each of these situations raises different issues for the guardian to handle, and thus engaging experienced and competent counsel in the process is essential for its success.
At the Thompson Law Office, we have handled dozens of guardianships in Indiana in many different counties. We are familiar with the system, court practices and the outcomes you can expect and problems that may arise along the way.
We represent guardians, petitioners, parents, other family members, creditors, caregivers and health care providers in guardianship cases, and have the experience to handle any issues a guardianship can present.
Whatever matters you have that involve probate or trust litigation, please contact the Thompson Law Office to assist you with your needs.