Estate Planning; Probate and Trust Administration

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Members of the Estate Planning; Probate and Trust Administration group:

Michael D. Blackburn

Mathew V. Hess

Estate Planning; Probate and Trust Administration

Blackburn & Stoll, LC, assists its clients in estate planning and wealth transfer issues for individuals and families with estates and assets of all sizes, values, and complexities.  Firm member Michael D. Blackburn  was elected by his peers as a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), which is the premier national organization of trust and estate lawyers. Michael D. Blackburn has also been recognized by inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.

The estate planning group represents individuals in estate and trust planning, charitable planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and related areas. The firm’s practice includes the representation of numerous medical professionals with respect to their businesses and estate planning needs. The firm also provides counseling, litigation, and expert witness services to clients involved in estate and trust administration, probate litigation, will contests, trust contests, and conservatorship and guardianship disputes.

We regularly write wills, revocable living trusts, living wills, medical directives, medical powers of attorney, durable powers of attorney, general HIPAA releases and organ donation agreements.  When the situation calls for additional planning, we are adept in the preparation of prenuptial and adoption agreements; irrevocable life insurance trusts and other arrangements utilizing life insurance; charitable remainder annuity trusts, charity lead trusts, and other charitable split interest arrangements; family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and other agreements relating to transfers of family businesses and family farms; and special needs trusts.  We also regularly consult with clients regarding social security planning, medicare and medicaid planning, retirement planning,  and guardian and conservatorship needs.

Our firm assists clients through estate, probate and trust administration; including filing any necessary probate documents, completing transfers of real estate, life insurance, pension plans, and other assets, and preparation of tax returns, including final individual income tax, fiduciary, and estate tax returns.

Members of the firm’s Estate Planning Group conduct 50-100 seminars in various locations across the country each year, and are available to provide client seminars in appropriate settings.