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  • Passionate Planning for Living, Protecting, and Passing
  • A ounce of planning saves a pound of headaches

Estate Planning

  • Passionate Planning for Living, Protecting, and Passing
  • A ounce of planning saves a pound of headaches

Probate

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  • Get your deserved inheritance
  • Probate is Complex and Time Consuming

Probate

  • Get your deserved inheritance
  • Probate is Complex and Time Consuming

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Elder Law

  • Medicaid Emergencies and Planning
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • Estate Planning

Elder Law

  • Medicaid Emergencies and Planning
  • Long Term Care Planning
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God’s Command to Get Your House in Order

It is often said that the proper interpretation of Isaiah 38:1 is to leave instructions for family and determine who gets what (i.e. write a Last Will and Testament, leave instructions).  The literal interpretation is “give orders to your house”.  This means write a Will and leave instructions.  This is a mandate and warning from God to make sure that the bounty He has allowed you to “borrow” be managed well and instructions left for its care for the next generation.

Modern Times, Modern Wills – Same Command

In modern times, we could extend that to mean to leave instructions not only for passing your bounty on, but for how you want to be cared for in case you can’t make your own decisions.

Probate Is Stressful

If you have never personally been through probate or had to guide others through the process, you have no idea of the emotional, not to mention financial, cost of probate.  The stress can be completely avoided.

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  • What are the Estate Planning Basics – In a Nutshell

    • Control my property while I am alive and well.
    • Provide for my loved ones if I become incapacitated/disabled
    • Give what I have
      • To whom I want
      • The way I want
      • When I want
    • Minimize the impact of professional fees, court costs, and taxes.

    No matter what, you should always have an estate planning checklist to make sure nothing is missed.

    Estate planning costs are much less than the cost of time, money, headache, & heartache.

    Saving your family time, money, headache and heartache

    Estate Planning lawyers work in the towns in Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.

    If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.

    Our Estate Planning lawyers provide your with rock solid, yet flexible and comprehensive solutions to your estate planning needs, with a refreshing approach to planning.

    Our highly competent estate planning attorneys are easy to talk to and don’t use jargon.

    Everybody needs an estate plan, not just those that are wealthy. But, even the wealthy forget and it causes grief for the family.

    Estate planning can not only help you achieve your long term money goals, it will make sure your family never suffers the extra headaches and heartaches of probate.

    If you can’t come to us; we will come to you.

    Estate planning Fayetteville, AR

    Estate Planning Springdale, AR

    Estate Planning Fayetteville Springdale

  • A Last Will and Testament is a very important document. It has the instructions of what to do with your estate. These instructions tell your family and the courts what to do with your stuff.

    A Last Will and Testament is just one part of a complete estate plan.

    However, Wills are not without their drawbacks and great care must be taken to draft them correctly for your situation. For example, in a family where one person is receiving Medicaid, “reciprocal” wills may not be the best solution.

    DIY Wills are a trap for the unwary. If you don’t fill them out just the right way, disaster can ensue. The probate court may find them to be invalid. Forget one blank, or one signature, and the court may toss the will.

    In a trust based estate plan, the role of the Will is to act as a “catch all” for anything not titled into the trust. If everything is in the trust, the Will would not have a purpose or roll in an estate plan.

    Our attorneys provide Last Will and Testaments for Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.

    If you can’t come to us; we will come to you.

  • You may know what a Last Will and Testament is, and most people do. But, a lot of people don’t know what a living trust is. Or, they don’t understand what a trust is all about.

    Like a Last Will and Testament, a Living Trust contains instructions for what to do with your assets. However, a Living Trust has many benefits a Last Will and Testament does not have.

    A Living Trust is just one part of a complete estate plan.

    First, a Living Trust can help you in times of incapacity. Because the “trustee” manages the goods in trust, the next trustee in line can step in and manage the accounts and assets in the trust for you until you recover.

    Second, a Living Trust avoids probate. Your family does not have to go through the extra heartaches and headaches of probate.

    Finally, a Living Trust can allow you to manage assets, for a long time, for those who can’t manage their own assets.

    Our attorneys provide Living Trusts for Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.

    If you can’t come to us; we will come to you.

  • Most are familiar with a what a living will (advance directive) is. But, there are other documents you need to protect your health.

    First, is the advance directive.

    Second, is a Healthcare Durable Power of Attorney. This gives somebody you trust instructions to follow and permission to instruct the doctors on your treatment plan.

    Third, is a HIPAA Waiver. This gives that trusted somebody permission to see your medical records.

    Fourth, in the cases of unmarried couples, is a visitation permission slip. It instructs the hospital who is to be treated like family for visitation purposes.

    Healthcare planning is just 1/2 of complete estate planning.
    Our attorneys provide Living Wills and more for Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.

    If you can’t come to us; we will come to you.

  • Special People need Special Planning

    Special Needs Planning
    When you have a child or loved one with special needs, regular estate planning just doesn’t get the job done.

    You need to worry about keeping public benefits and providing for a fulfilling life.

    Special needs planning lawyers have a variety of tools, trusts, and other planning methods available.

    Our attorneys provide Special Needs Planning for Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.

    If you can’t come to us; we will come to you.

  • When somebody dies without a will or just a last will and testament, it must be probated.

    The meaning of probate, or the probate definition, is to admit the will to the courts to prove validity, the court approves the will, execute the instructions in the will, proper advertisements are ran, creditors are paid off, all the stuff is gathered up into the “probate estate”, the stuff is distributed to the heirs, then the probate is closed.

    When a last will and testament is not present, the court must make the determination as to how the estate is to be split up.

    Probate creates extra heartaches and headaches for the family. Probate is time consuming. Probate can be confusing.

    The best way to get the the process as quickly and easily as possible is to hire a probate attorney. Your money is tied up and unavailable to your family until probate is well under way.

    Oh ya, in Arkansas, probate cost is about 6% of the gross estate.  The best way to save that money is by avoiding probate.  Because probate court, for the average person, is not a pleasant experience during a difficult time.

    Probate lawyers work throughout Northwest Arkansas including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.

    If you can’t come to us; we will come to you.

Meet The Team

Gary DeWitt Attorney-at-Law, estate planning, probate, elder law, northwest arkansas
Gary DeWitt Attorney-at-Law

The Best Part of Being an Estate Planner

What motivates me everyday are the families I get to work with. Meeting them, hearing their stories & counseling them on creating a practical & effective plan for the future, is a gratifying experience. I truly enjoy taking my clients through the planning process, explaining and simplifying the “legalese” along the way — so they understand all their options and make the best decisions for their loved ones.

Life Experience

My education, coupled with my valuable life experiences, gives me a unique perspective and allows me to bring Estate Planning and Elder Law solutions to your family, in a way that goes beyond the traditional lawyer/client relationship. I don’t provide canned, one-size-fits-all plans.

Custom Solutions

I work to create a customized solution, tailored to each client’s values, needs & goals. I also take the time to make sure each plan is implemented correctly and I monitor the plan so it is kept up-to-date

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Winnie DeWitt
Winnie DeWitt

I am a native of Arkansas, having been in and around Northwest Arkansas most of my life.  I have lived in Springdale for the past 16 years working, playing and raising our 2 children, Madeline and Aaron.

I have had several careers like most people.  After working in large companies I decided I was ready for a change.  My sister was working at UAMS in Little Rock as a physical therapist and took me to work with her.  I fell in love with physical therapy and went back to school to become a physical therapist assistant.  The next 16 years I worked with children with special needs in the public schools and pre-schools…

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