Estate Planning

    Information on this website is not legal advice or a substitute for legal advice. Every situation is different. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice on your particular issue or problem.

    Our estate planning philosophy?   Quality work.   Responsible, timely service.    Respect for all.

    The goal of estate planning is to permit you, the client, to make the important choices for yourself and your family’s future during your own lifetime.

    It is never easy to think about death and leaving one’s loved ones behind. Naturally, some decisions that are part of estate planning can be difficult. However, by setting up a comprehensive plan, you can protect your family and ensure that your wishes are respected in the event of incapacity or death. 
    Our job is to build a legal structure that will fulfill those wishes and withstand challenges.

    What can estate planning do?

    Some of the most important reasons for estate planning are making sure that assets reach loved ones without unnecessary costs, ensuring that a plan is in place in the event of incapacity, avoiding guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, planning for family members with illness or special needs, and preserving assets for future generations. Because New Mexico's system of probate is not burdensome, avoiding probate is generally not a primary issue. Individual estates are not subject to estate tax unless the total assets exceed $5.34 million in 2014, so planning to avoid estate tax is less frequently an issue.

    Define your goals:
    Support spouse and children.
    Build educational opportunities.
    Care for disabled family.
    Guardianship for children and incapacitated elders.
    Avoid expensive probate.
    Save assets for charities.
    Fund lifelong protection for beloved pets.

    Find the legal structure to fulfill goals and withstand challenges.
    Create wills and trusts, power of attorney and health directives.
    Utilize non-probate transfers.
    Plan for liabilities, pensions, savings plans, and businesses.

    Written fee estimates are provided for each specific job.
    Planning is the key. Let us help you to make the most of what you have.

    Please call 505-412-2209 for a consultation today.

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    Subpages (1): Estate Taxes