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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.
Recently, I had a client I was helping with a real estate transaction that needed help with their estate planning. I felt 100% confident referring them to Gary DeWitt. My client came back and was thrilled with the way Gary respectfully and competently handled her affairs. Gary is a man of integrity that I have known since our days in Law School, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
I have known Gary for many years and the one thing that stands out about him is his ability to take an issue and work to find the best possible solution to the problem. He is not afraid to dig in and work many hours to learn something new to help with the task or just to better his own knowledge.
Down to Earth
Gary is an attorney who is down to earth, honest and cares about his clients. When he was working on my trust, he was very thorough and explained all details in easy to understand terms. Gary is very personable, which you rarely find in an attorney, making for a pleasant experience. I would highly recommend Gary DeWitt!
Gary DeWitt was an absolute pleasure to work with. He walked me through the entire guardianship process and addressed all of my concerns. He is a very intelligent, capable, and professional attorney. I would like to thank the Dewitt Law Firm for their expertise and professionalism in handling our family’s guardianship case. Gary and Winnie were outstanding and really put my mind at ease during the entire process. I highly recommend him and his staff.
Gary is an attorney who is a down to earth person and has a great understanding of what a person needs are. Gary is very concerned with giving his clients a quality solution for a good value and will spend the time with you to make sure he understands your situation. He is knowledgeable on elder law, estate planning, and special needs circumstances and I would feel comfortable in recommending him to anyone who has those types of concerns.
Gary is a straight and honest professional who truly listens to the needs and desires of his clients. He is there to provide the best advice and counsel possible to meet the needs of those he serves. His professionalism extends beyond his office. He is an active supporter of his community, investing in downtown by moving his office there. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, BNI and several other networking groups/organizations. He is dedicated to growing his business by means of helping clients and ensuring they have a great experience!
I’m proud to be a client and a friend of both Gary and Winnie DeWitt and consider myself fortunate to be able to work with them to grow not only their business but downtown Springdale and NWA as a whole!
I would encourage anyone with any kind of legal need to consider DeWitt Law Firm and learn what many others have experienced, they’ll earn your business the right way!
Gary Dewitt is a truly dedicated professional. He is constantly learning so he can better serve his client’s needs. As an Insurance Professional, having an estate planning attorney who I can trust to help my clients navigate a changing economic landscape and tax code is golden. Gary and his wife Winnie are rare gems these days in the Estate Planning profession!
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Estate Planning In a Nutshell
Do not do this online or alone. These are some of life’s most difficult decisions. You need a trusted advocate. Gary offers expert guidance and honest advice, giving each issue the attention and sensitivity it deserves. He gives you all the information you need to make the best, most well informed decisions for you and your family.
You will have peace of mind, comfort, and assurance that your legal rights are being protected.
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.
- Don’t unnecessarily burden children, spouse, or family
- Choose people to raise my children if I can’t
What is estate planning? Wikipedia defines it like this: Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a person’s life, for the management and disposal of that person’s estate during the person’s life and at and after death, while minimizing gift, estate, generation skipping transfer, and income tax.
Estate Planning lawyers work in all of Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Bella Vista AR; and Springdale, AR.
Our Estate Planning lawyer provides you with rock solid, yet flexible and comprehensive solutions to your estate planning needs, with a refreshing approach to planning.
Our 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.
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, Arkansas.
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The Best Part of Being an Attorney is You
What motivates me everyday are the families I get to work with. Meeting you, hearing your stories & counseling you on creating a practical & effective plan for the future, is a gratifying experience. I truly enjoy taking you through the planning process, explaining and simplifying the “legalese” along the way — so you understand all your options and make the best decisions for your loved ones.
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.
I work to create a customized solution, tailored to your 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…
What Makes Me Uniquely Qualified to Help You:
- Practice limited to Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law
- 20 Years of planning, design, and analysis experience
- Advanced Law Degree (LLM) Candidate in Estate Planning and Elder Law
- Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Member of Wealth Counsel
- First hand life experience in these areas of law (been there, done that)
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…