Des Moines, IA’s Probate Lawyer

Estate planning may not sit on the top of your to-do list, especially if you haven’t reached retirement yet. However, if you have a family, or if you have a large number of assets, you need to have a Last Will and Testament so your loved ones can ensure your wishes are met.

Let the attorneys at Wilson Deege Despotovich Riemenschneider & Rittgers, PLC help you draft your will and estate plan. We will help you navigate the complexities that come with putting your documents in place. We’ve helped Iowa residents with estate planning and trust administration for many years, and our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience. You can count on our legal expertise from our probate lawyer.

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Under probate law, legal experts have to determine a will’s authenticity and then administer the will. The administration involves collecting assets, paying off any liabilities, and then distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries named in the will. This process might seem simple on the surface, but if you don’t have a proper Will or Trust, the administration of your estate may prove complicated.

Additionally, if you don’t plan your estate adequately, your loved ones may have to shoulder additional financial burdens after you pass away, such as estate taxes of 40% or higher. You should begin estate planning as soon as you have a solid asset base or a unique family situation, such as a second marriage. Our law firm in West Des Moines, IA can help you get started.

You also have to decide what form you want your will to take. You can plan to have your estate pass directly to your beneficiaries, or you can put it into a trust. A trust is a legal entity that has ownership of your assets after you die, and the trustees you name can access the assets in the trust. We’ll help you decide if you want to handle your assets this way or choose another strategy.

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Call us at (515) 327-1000 or visit our firm in West Des Moines, IA to book your first meeting with our attorneys. We’ll help you with any aspect of probate law and ensure your loved ones and your assets stay secure after you pass on.