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Estate Planning & Probate

Estate planning is necessary for most individuals. Among many other reasons, estate planning is critical to: (1) appoint trustworthy parties to manage and distribute your estate; (2) ensure that the intended parties receive your assets; (3) make certain that the management and distribution of your estate is carried out in a timely and cost efficient manner; (4) substantially reduce the chance of inter-family disputes; and (5) nominate dependable parties to make healthcare and financial decisions for you in the event you become mentally incapacitated during life. Our estate planning attorneys regularly counsel high net-worth individuals that desire estate plans that are optimized for federal estate tax savings thus enhancing the accumulation and preservation of family wealth for current and future generations, as well as those individuals whose estate planning needs are less complex.

Our estate planning and probate team is led by Rufus Wolff and Vince Ward. If we can assist you with any estate planning or probate matters, please call us today at 501-954-8000, or submit an inquiry via our contact form available here.

Our estate planning attorneys regularly assist clients throughout Arkansas with all of their estate planning needs. We recognize that as your family evolves over time, your estate planning needs and goals may change. Additionally, the laws and regulations relating to estate and gift taxes are complex and are frequently modified. Therefore we strive to work with our clients throughout their lives as legal environments and family circumstances adjust to ensure your estate planning goals are fully accomplished. For our high net-worth clients, we strive to design creative estate tax focused plans that preserve and pass the maximum amount of wealth to future generations, while balancing practical considerations and the administrative burden frequently involved with such plans. We commonly provide clients with estate plans which utilize the following estate planning devices:

  • Last Will & Testament
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Medical Care Directives and Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
  • Lifetime Gifts & Endowments
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Business Succession Plans
  • Disability & Special Needs Trusts

Our experienced attorneys can also provide assistance when probate administration in Arkansas courts is necessary to transfer assets to your family. Our attorneys are accomplished in all areas of probate administration. We frequently represent individuals that are appointed to administer estates by their loved-ones, as well as beneficiaries of estates who need assistance with protecting their rights with respect to their inheritance. Our attorneys are also experienced in both defending and prosecuting the claims of creditors against estates. Whether an estate requires straightforward probate administration, or involves complex matters and adverse parties, the attorneys at our firm can help you successfully navigate the Arkansas probate courts.

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