People spend their entire lives acquiring “property.” An estate can be large or small. It consists of savings accounts, checking, and any investments a person may have, as well as all the assets they own, including chattels and chattels.

Most people have “movable property.” Personal property is anything a person owns: a mobile home, furniture, paintings, a car, a coin collection, their clothes, etc. Those people who own their houses instead of renting them own “Real Estate”. Real or “real” property refers to the land and the permanent structures (houses, barns, etc.) built on that land.

After working so hard to build an estate (even if you weren’t really aware that’s what you were doing!) it would be an absolute tragedy to see some or all of the estate slip out of your family’s hands once you pass away. .

An estate attorney can help you prevent that from happening.

A probate attorney performs many functions to help clients protect their assets and ensure they end up where the client wants them to go.

write a will

One of the main functions performed by a probate attorney is to assist a client in drafting their will. A will is imperative in this day and age. If you don’t put in writing where you want each part of your estate to go, from personal property to real property, a court in your state will decide it for you…and collect a lot of money from your heirs. (could cost thousands of dollars) for the privilege. It will also take much longer than leaving a will.

Creating a trust

An alternative to a will is to create a trust. With a trust, all of your assets are placed in one account, and then you appoint a “trustee,” a person you trust, who will disburse the funds when appropriate. A trust is important if there are small children involved. The funds they are going to inherit can be disbursed when they reach a certain age, rather than when they are too young to handle money properly. An estate attorney, if commissioned, can also act as a “protector” for the trust if you choose.

Advance Health Care Directives

More familiarly known as a “Living Will”, this document guarantees that your wishes will be carried out, regarding your own health, in the event that you suffer an accident that leaves you disabled, or if you develop a disease such as Alzheimer’s, for example, which affect your ability to make decisions for yourself about resuscitation, for example.


When a person dies, the estate must be divided as he or she wanted (if a will or trust was created) or as the court wants (if there was no will or trust). This is called succession. Probate is a legal process that must go through the Court (and, of course, fees must be paid to the Court).

An Estate Lawyer Gives You Peace of Mind

53% of Americans have a will. It is an incredibly low percentage. Many young people don’t bother with wills, just like they didn’t bother with health insurance. However, accidents happen every day and it is imperative that even young people plan for the future and any eventuality.

An estate attorney can help.