Estate Planning Is For Everyone

Estate planning is for everyone, not just for the very wealthy. People from all walks of life can do a great service for their families, friends and favorite charities by making their wishes known and making them legally sound.

At the Terre Haute, Indiana, office of Phillip C. Smith, Attorney At Law, we help individuals and families with many different types of issues in estate planning and probate law, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Living trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advance health directives
  • Guardianships
  • Estate administration
  • Probate court

Estate Plans Designed For Your Needs

The reason everyone should have an estate plan is simple: If you don't have one, the state will decide how to distribute your assets according to predetermined guidelines that may have little to do with your wishes or your loved ones' needs. The process can take a long time and can take a big bite out of your estate, leaving less to go around to your heirs.

When you meet with a skilled estate lawyer to create your own plan, you have the chance to provide for your loved ones and favorite charities according to your wishes. This can save your beneficiaries a lot of time, heartache and money after you are gone.

Your plan can also be helpful during your life. Crucial documents such as powers of attorney and advance directives can make your wishes clear after you are no longer able to communicate for yourself. Advanced estate planning instruments such as living trusts can help you manage and protect your assets, and move them along to the next generation with minimal trouble.

Build Your Legacy

At the office of Phillip C. Smith, Attorney At Law, we often help people create their first estate plans after they have had children. We also help people modify their plans after a divorce, or after they begin a new blended family. But you don't have to wait for a big life event or milestone to start thinking about your estate plan. Any time in life is the right time to start thinking about the kind of legacy you want to leave.

Call Phillip C. Smith, Attorney At Law, today at 812-645-4217 to get started. You can also contact us by email.

We represent people in Terre Haute, Vigo County and the surrounding areas.