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Estate Planning and Probate

Skellenger Bender attorney Celeste McDonell provides comprehensive estate planning services to clients. This planning may include:

Personal Planning Documents

  • health care directives
  • durable powers of attorney for financial decision making
  • durable powers of attorney for medical decision making

Property Transfer Documents

  • wills
  • revocable living trusts
  • irrevocable living trusts

Tax Planning Documents

  • credit shelter trusts
  • personal residence trusts
  • life insurance trusts
  • grantor retained annuity trusts
  • charitable trusts

We work with clients to document their wishes for health care, select appropriate substitute decision makers, implement their wishes for the transfer of their property, and use lifetime gifting and estate planning tools as appropriate to minimize the tax burdens on their families, as allowed by law. We understand that each planning decision should balance the benefit of legitimate potential tax savings against the client's need for financial security, simplicity, and cost-efficiency during his or her own lifetime.