Estate Planning for Northwest Arkansas
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Without Probate, Other Legal Hassles, and Family Horror Stories
Fast, Easy, Affordable Estate Planning
- Transparent Up Front, Flat Fees
- Courteous and Friendly
A Plan Made Just For You!
What Are You Risking?
- How much wasted time will not having a plan cost you and your family?
- How much wasted money will not having a plan cost you and your family?
- Do you want your family to go through the hassles, confusion, and expenses of probate court?
- How many family fights do you want to prevent?
- How long do you want to keep worrying about probate, hassles, and more…?
Estate Planning – Avoid Probate and Prevent the Aftermath
- Provide for Your Immediate Family (You don’t have to worry about them waiting months or years on the funds they need.)
- Ensure Your Property Goes to the People You Want (Quickly and without the intervention of the Probate court)
- Ease Burdens on Your Family (So they don’t have to make difficult decisions during difficult times.)
- Support a Favorite Charity
- Plan for Incapacity (If you can’t make choices somebody you know and trust is named to make them for you instead of somebody appointed by a court)
- Provide for Children or Family With Special Needs
- Feel Peace of Mind Knowing Your Planning is Done
- Quality Planning, Simplified at an Affordable Price
Meet Gary DeWitt – Estate Planning Lawyer
I know what it’s like to create your own estate plan… I understand that it can be a difficult thing to do, but once you’re done, you will have peace of mind and know that you’ve done the right thing for your family and yourself.
I’ve created 1000’s of plans, each one as important as the last, including my own plan. As a parent, I wanted my children protected, and for any transition to be as easy as possible. I also wanted to know who would be in charge, of my personal, legal, financial, and healthcare affairs if I couldn’t manage them.
Planning isn’t just about passing your assets to the next generation. It’s about transferring your values, traditions, and stories. It’s about creating new opportunities. It’s about making it better for the next generation.
I welcome the opportunity to help you create your plan too for your peace of mind.
15 of 15. Miracle for Sure.
We have trusted DeWitt Law Firm with our estate planning! We are pleased that all our t’s are crossed and our eyes dotted! Thank you Gary and Winnie!
Thank you again for being such nice people. I was very on edge about all of this. Thanks for taking the time to make me feel at ease and helping me through this process.
How We Work Together
Schedule a Call
Schedule a meeting to discuss your goals, take a look at where you are now, and define where you want to be.
Create Your Plan
Together we will create a plan to accomplish your goals.
Have Peace of Mind
With your plan drafted and implemented, we’ll have you feeling a newfound sense of peace of mind in no time.
Estate Planning – Quick, & Simplified
At DeWitt Law Firm, PLLC we know you are the kind of person who wants to be responsible to their family and themselves to worry less. In order do that, you need to create a comprehensive, effective estate plan. The problem is that most people put off planning for one reason or another which makes them continue to feel worried. We believe that everybody should have a plan for peace of mind. We understand that sometimes it is difficult to think about everything that goes into a plan or to make time to plan. That’s why we work hard to make the process affordable, simplified, and as painless as possible. Here’s how it works:
- Schedule a Meeting
- Create Your Plan
- Feel Peace of Mind
So schedule your free consultation so you can stop worrying about your future and the well being of your family to start feeling the peace of mind that only comes from having a plan.
But, planning is too expensive…
The cost of a plan now is much cheaper than Probate later. And, a plan now reduces hassles later.
The cost of a plan is a small price to pay as an insurance policy to make sure your estate and property go to the people you want, in the amounts you want, how you want. The cost of a plan is a small price to pay to make sure your affairs and estate are managed in an efficient manner. The cost of a plan is a small price to pay to reduce financial and emotional burdens on your family.
Planning is too complicated…
The problem is not that your situation is too complex but that the delivery of a solution seems too complicated.
What you need is somebody that can walk you through the process to come up with a solution.
Now’s Not a Good Time…
Do not wait. Do not procrastinate. Plan before it is too late.
When is a good time? When life settles down? When will that be?
The reality is there is not a “right time” to create a plan because you never know when you will need it. There is a myth that estate planning is only to wrap up your affairs and estate. That myth is busted. Estate planning is also about establishing a clear set of instructions for what happens during your lifetime if you cannot speak for yourself.
As one April 20, 2014, article in the Wall Street Journal reminds readers, “There’s no time like the present to make sure all your estate-planning ducks are in a row.”
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Estate Planning Frequently Asked Questions
Your estate plan is more than just a Last Will and Testament. Yes, distributing your money and other property when you pass away is part of it, but not everything that a plan is. All adults would benefit from an estate plan. It allows adults to plan and prepare for eventualities like medical issues, dementia, and taking care of spouse and children.
Some of the reasons for estate planning are:
- Minimizing taxes to maximize what your family gets
- Making sure your healthcare wishes are known and how your affairs are managed in case of a medical incident, accident, dementia, or illness
- Naming a guardian for minor children
- Preventing family fights over you, your affairs, and your stuff
- Giving your loved ones peace of mind that your affairs are in order and they will be taken care of
- Giving yourself peace of mind that your legal “stuff” will be handled by who you want like you want
Your estate is everything you own.
A Power of Attorney is a written document signed by a competent individual that authorizes another to act as the individual’s agent, typically in financial or medical matters.
If it is a Durable Power of Attorney, the authority to act by the holder of the power, the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact, survives the incapacity of the maker.
A Revocable Trust is a trust that the Grantor and Trustee can agree to change during the Grantor’s lifetime.
A Living trust is a trust you establish during your lifetime. Compare to a testamentary trust that is created in a Last Will and Testament.
No, having a Will (or no Will at all) does not prevent probate.
A Will requires Probate (that is, the will is validated and admitted) and administration.
A Will alone, no Will, and no Trust is like making a down payment on Probate!
A Will (Last Will and Testament) is a document that outlines what is to happen to your property.
- Name an Executor and alternate
- Name Guardians for minor children
- Decide how debts and taxes are paid
- Provide for loved pets
- Disown children
- Create a testamentary trust
A Will also acts as a backup for a living trust.
We work with you to write all the documents in your plan and any other documents needed.
Just some of what we write for your plan includes:
- Last Will and Testament
- Trust or Trusts
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Healthcare Power of Attorney
- Protected Healthcare Information Waiver (HIPAA Waiver)
- Living Wills (Advance Directive)
- Beneficiary Deeds and Other Deeds as Needed
Arguably, the most important document in the entire set is the Powers of Attorney. A Durable Power of Attorney arranges for the management of your legal and financial affairs if you can’t manage them. It names a trusted friend or family member to make decisions on your behalf.
A Healthcare Power of Attorney is like a Durable Power of Attorney, only for your healthcare decisions. It names a trusted family member or friend to make decisions if you are incapacitated, unconscious, or can’t communicate.
Without powers of attorney, your family may be forced into court to be appointed as your guardian. Only then will they have the power and authority to make decisions on your behalf.