Elizabethtown & Hardin County Probate Attorney

What is probate?

With more than 40 years of experience, Cooper & Cooper Law Offices is prepared to handle your probate matters. We focus on providing honest and fair legal services, always seeking to help you. At our firm, we understand that handling a probate case after your loved one's death can be difficult. When a family member or close friend passes away, spending time in court is not always ideal. We aim to minimize your time spent in court through effective legal services. When an individual doesn't have a trust protecting their assets, their estate will go through probate. The probate court will direct the distribution of their property, sometimes even deciding who will inherit certain assets. If your loved one has a will, the court will use this to distribute assets accordingly. We handle the probate process for our clients, allowing them to focus on family during this time.

An Elizabethtown probate lawyer from our firm may be able to guide you through even the most complex probate matters. At our firm, we aim to assist our clients through every step of their probate case. We help them file the will with the Kentucky probate court in a timely manner. After that, we will direct them on how to close and open the necessary bank accounts and begin transferring the assets to the estate. There are taxes and debts that might need to be paid before any assets are distributed. Depending on the location of beneficiaries, they may have to contact them to make them aware of the death. We will help clients create a plan that distributes assets fairly and efficiently, reducing the risk of a probate dispute. If inheritors attack your personal rights or try to coerce you into giving them more of the estate, our firm will be by your side. We will use our mediation skills to eliminate a potentially heated situation. When a loved one passes away, emotions can become confused and even family gatherings can turn stressful. While we strive to minimize your stress and family tension, we are always ready to defend your rights as a beneficiary or executor.

Can I avoid probate?

We have helped countless individuals create meaningful plans for their future through our estate planning services, including establishing a careful asset distribution plan and providing representation in estate litigation. When you have a plan, it can help your loved ones avoid the probate court process. Not all estates will have to go through regular probate, especially if there is a will or trust set up. With a will, you can leave specific directions for your family, including instructions for asset distribution. If there are family members you don't want to give property to, you can exclude them from your will to guarantee this. You may also want to consider asset protection, ensuring that your estate is safe from creditors or greedy government agencies. An estate planning lawyer from our firm will help you decide the best option for your estate.

You may want to create a power of attorney, which can designate an individual to oversee your health care and finances in the event of an accident or emergency. You can even establish guardianships for your young children in an estate plan. This means that if you were no longer able to care for them, you can rest assured that they will be taken care of. If you are over the age of 65, you may want to start planning for your Medicaid care. We also help clients with any elder law matters they may have, from nursing home negligence to elder care planning. When you use these legal tools to protect your estate, it will minimize or eliminate the time your family spends in probate court. For this reason, we encourage individuals to meet with a probate or estate planning attorney from our firm to discuss their goals. Contact us today or fill out an online case evaluation form to begin planning for your future.

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