Estate Planning and Probate

Our lawyers have significant experience in estate planning, business succession planning, trust and estate litigation, gift and estate tax matters and charitable giving.

Estate Planning and Probate Department

The lawyers within Inslee Best’s Estate Planning and Probate group assist clients, ranging from young couples with modest estates to individuals and families with large and complex holdings, with a variety of needs. We strive to provide our clients with peace of mind in the management of their financial and personal affairs, recognizing that each client has unique and individual needs and goals. Our lawyers have significant experience in estate planning, business succession planning, trust and estate litigation, gift and estate tax matters and charitable giving. Some of the services we provide include preparing and/or planning for:

  • Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney
  • Retirement Assets
  • Lifetime Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer
  • Dynasty, Charitable and Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
  • Succession for Family Businesses
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • For Profit Entity Planning
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations and Private Foundations

ESTATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION

Complementing our Estate Planning practice is our Probate and Trust Administration practice, through which we assist fiduciaries with their duties as Trustees and Personal Representatives. We strive to provide reasonable and grounded counsel to our fiduciary clients and to assist our clients in the disposition of their assets after death in the most efficient way possible in order to minimize costs and reduce - or even eliminate - their tax liability. Our probate and corporate paralegals are invaluable assets to our group and help us to deliver exceptional services at a reasonable cost. Some of the services we provide include preparing and/or planning for:

  • Estate and Gift Tax Returns
  • Fiduciaries Advisement
  • Asset Valuation
  • Post-Mortem
  • Marital Deduction and Trust Funding Analysis
  • Trust and Estate Litigation

Unfortunately, disputes related to estate and trust administration are sometimes unavoidable. Our lawyers are well-versed in the use of TEDRA (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act) and are skilled at representing clients in court and in alternative dispute resolution settings such as mediation and arbitration.

ELDER LAW

Inslee Best places a special emphasis on Elder Law. Our lawyers bring care and compassion to the practice because we know that, in many cases, our client’s family is at the heart of that client’s decision making. Our lawyers understand that family relationships are unique and precious, and we seek, when possible, to endorse collaborative and alternative methods of dispute resolution to keep families who are in conflict out of court and in contact with one another. Our Elder Law practitioners are skilled in all aspects of this most important area of the law, including:

  • Estate Planning for Seniors
  • Power of Attorney Creation and Litigation
  • Medicaid Eligibility
  • Guardianship Actions
  • Vulnerable Adult Issues

   Inslee Best Attorney Barbara West Speaking on Crucial Estate Planning Issues