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Comprehensive Estate Planning Services: (317) 434-1490

Wills and trusts are essential documents that help to clarify a person’s wishes during estate planning and potentially avoid probate. Depending on who you are providing for and the size of the estate, you may need both of these documents. At Massillamany Jeter & Carson LLP, our wills and trusts lawyers in Fishers use our extensive knowledge of the law to guide clients through the process and help them make the best decisions for their families.

When you need help preparing a will or setting up a trust, call (317) 434-1490 for experienced legal assistance and a free consultation.

The Importance of Making a Will

A will enables you to convey how you want your assets and property distributed upon your death. When there is no will, the decedent’s property will be distributed according to Indiana law. The rules vary depending on whether the person was married and has children or grandchildren. If you want to leave property to someone other than immediate family, a will is essential to ensure your wishes are carried out.

In order to be valid, the will must be:

  • Created by a person over the age of 18
  • Made freely and voluntarily
  • Created by an adult of sound mind
  • In writing
  • Signed in the presence of two witnesses

It is possible to change or revoke a will. This may become necessary after major changes in your life or family, such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or the death of a previously named beneficiary. You can revoke your previous will by making a new one. Changes to the will must follow the same rules as your first will and must be in writing.

Using Trusts in Estate Planning

Trusts are used in estate planning for a variety of reasons. For example, a trust protects the assets of a minor child, allows the property to be distributed faster, and offers tax advantages. There are many different types of trusts, such as living trusts, special needs trusts, family trusts, and charitable trusts. A trust may be revocable or irrevocable. Our Fishers wills and trusts attorneys at Massillamany Jeter & Carson LLP can explain the options that are available and set up the type of trust that best achieves your goals.

Please contact our law firm at (317) 434-1490 to schedule a consultation to discuss how wills and trusts may benefit your family in the future.

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