Attorney Christopher E. Friel regularly handles estate planning issues – probate administration, estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, guardianships, and living wills, just to name a few.
Attorney Friel is dedicated to informing, protecting and helping you through life’s most important decisions. His goal is simple: to serve the best interests of his clients. When you need proven legal experience, contact Attorney Christopher E. Friel. He is here to listen and assist in protecting you, your family and your assets.
Attorney Friel does not believe in one-size fits all solutions or packages. Each client has unique needs and desires. He tailors his solutions and our services to fit your personal goals. He views each client as an individual and therefore concentrate on providing individual service. He considers himself to be your partner in defining your objectives and working together to achieve the results you want.
If you do not plan your estate in advance, you will be relinquishing any control over what happens to you and your assets - the things you have worked so hard to acquire - upon incapacity or death. It will be left to a judge to appoint someone to handle your personal care and assets in the event you become incapacitated or upon death.
Simply put, estate planning is done to protect your loved ones’ futures. It is the greatest gift you can give them. Estate planning is the process of creating a deliberate plan to manage and distribute your assets as well as carrying out your wishes regarding caretaking of your person or remains upon your incapacity or death. This process requires you to gather together all of your assets and make decisions as to who shall receive them. It requires you to evaluate the financial and tax consequences of those actions and prepare for them.
Everyone needs to consider estate planning whether their estate is large or small. Without the protection of an estate plan, your loved ones are vulnerable to the decisions of a judge and state laws, as well as substantial taxes and probate costs. The estate plan will ensure your assets go to the individuals you want. The plan may not completely eliminate taxes and probate costs, but it can substantially reduce them.
Estate planning is not just about your assets, it is also about you. What happens to you if you become incapacitated and unable to make health care and personal care decisions for yourself? If your wishes are not legally documented, your care may be in the hands of someone appointed by a judge. You must plan ahead so your wishes are known and can be legally enforced.
Estate planning is the necessary protection so all your wishes can be followed. It is the legal avenue that gives you a say in what happens to you and your assets. It is a way of preserving your assets for your beneficiaries and reducing or postponing the amount of estate tax that might be payable after your death.
Probate and estate planning are complicated and sensitive issues. It is extremely important to have an attorney you can work with and who will consider what is best for you and your beneficiaries. Make sure you have the protection you need and your family deserves.