Estate Planning

Estate Planning

We assist our clients with planning the disposition of their asset(s) and estate to their family and loved ones while taking into consideration the various types of administration costs and potential family conflict. We also assist clients who have recently had a loved one pass and must now administer and transfer assets and real estate to the intended beneficiaries. We assist in determining if a Trust or multiple Trust(s) should be set up and/or if something could be passed along as a gift before or after death. Sears & Bennett, LLP does not provide tax advice.

The death of a loved one is always a difficult and emotional time. Planning for your future allows your family time to grieve without the additional stress and costs of probate court. It also ensures that your assets are passed down to the people you care about and provides a measure of security for your family.

Planning for your future is important, whether you are married, have children, or live alone. Our goal is to provide services which provide an outcome that is right for you and your loved ones.

Create a comprehensive plan for your life and your business no matter what stage of life you are in. At Sears & Bennett, LLP we tailor our services to each client’s unique circumstances to ensure that your future and assets will be protected and passed down to those you love. Please contact our office to discuss creating your estate planning documents.

Let us help plan your future. We are committed to meeting your needs.


At Sears & Bennett, LLP, we provide comprehensive estate planning services to help our clients achieve their personalized goals. Through careful estate planning, we help clients pursue important objectives, including:
- Minimize costs associated with probate court or probate avoidance
- Plan for estate taxes in order to reduce their impact on the property and assets
- Asset preservation
- Distribution of assets to intended beneficiaries
- Preventing unnecessary family conflicts
- Making your medical wishes clear
- Providing for the Guardian and Conservator for your minor children

Through the use of wills and trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives and other estate planning documents, we help clients plan for the future and provide a measure of security for their loved ones.

Preserve Your Assets for Your Family

You have worked hard to make a good life for yourself and your family. When you pass, you want your assets to go to your family — not the government. Even if you are able to avoid significant taxes, the value of your estate could be depleted by the cost of probate. Even if you have a will, your estate will go through the process of probate if you have significant property titled solely in your name. Through trusts and property transfer devices, you avoid probate and limit your exposure to taxes, expenses and attorney's fees.

Personalized Estate Planning

Every person has different estate planning needs. Whether you are a married couple, single parent or an individual in need of estate planning services, we can provide the quality legal representation you require.

We offer comprehensive estate planning services. Through the use of wills, trusts, healthcare directives and other estate planning tools, we help clients create an estate plan that meets their specific needs and objectives.

If you need an estate planning attorney to draft, review or modify your existing will or trust, contact Sears & Bennett, LLP today. We can handle all of your estate planning needs, including:

- Wills - Revocable living trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
- Joint trusts
- Special needs trusts
- Family trusts
- Powers of attorney
- Healthcare directives
- Martial property agreements
- Charitable giving trusts
- Powers of attorney

It is never too soon to start planning for the future. Wills are not simply for the sick or elderly. No one plans to be in a fatal car accident, suffer a sudden heart attack or contract a serious illness. In your will you can nominate a guardian and conservative for your minor children. By planning ahead and taking care of your children and loved ones today, you can put your mind at ease knowing that your estate is in good order.

Wills: Allows you to choose who will receive your property and how that property will be divided. More importantly, a properly drafted will allows you to name the guardians of your children, create a testamentary trust and determine the manner in which your property will be districted to your heirs. A properly drafted trust allows you to appoint an executor to supervise and administer your estate.

Trusts: A Trust will outline where your assets are distributed. Due to the flexibility of Trusts, a Trust allows you to ensure the preservation of assets for a particular proposes. Trusts can provide benefits such as minimizing estate taxes and holding assets for loved ones who are unable to care for themselves or manage the assets. A trust will become valid once executed and will allow you to immediately plan for the allocation of your assets,

Durable Power of Attorney: Allows you to designate a person to handle and maintain your finances and property.

Medical Power of Attorney: Allows you to designate a representative to communicate with your doctors and make medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so.

Advanced Directive: An Advanced Directive allows you to inform your loved ones of your wishes regarding end-of-life care and coordinate decisions regarding end of life decision making. Without an Advanced Directive, your family will be left with the difficult decision of trying to determine what your wishes are regarding end of life care. An Advanced Directive should be used in connection with a Medical Power of Attorney to allow a trusted family member or friend to inform doctors of what care you want or do not want in emergencies and during end of life decision making situations.