Lake and Porter County Probate Attorneys
At Dugan & Rybicki, P.C., in St. John, our lawyers provide estate planning and probate services to families in Lake County, Porter County and throughout northern Indiana.
A well-crafted estate plan can do more than efficiently transfer your assets to your beneficiaries after your death. It can also accomplish goals such as protecting your assets, minimizing taxes and eliminating disputes among your beneficiaries.
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Wills and trusts
An estate plan consists of many individual components, which work together to accomplish your goals for the transfer of property upon your death. The central component can be a will or a trust.
Powers of attorney
If you are incapacitated or disabled, a power of attorney will enable a trusted person to handle your financial affairs.
Indiana advance health care directive and living will
Completing an advance health care directive and living will can save your family from the emotional burden of deciding what to do if you are terminally ill with no hope of recovery.
Transfer on death deeds A question that often comes up in estate planning is how to handle real estate. For many Indiana families, the transfer on death deed provides an economical solution.
Probate and estate administration
If you have been named the executor of another person’s estate, you should feel honored by the trust that has been placed in you. However, you also have some important responsibilities, and you should seek the advice of an attorney to assist you with those responsibilities.
In Indiana, family members of individuals with small estates (under $50,000) may be able to avoid the time and expense of a probate proceeding by filing a small estate affidavit.
If you are caring for another family member’s child, or if you have loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other physical or mental impairments, a guardian may need to be appointed to make financial and medical decisions for the minor or incapacitated person. In some cases, guardianship is necessary to prevent financial abuse and exploitation by others.
We offer a free initial consultation on estate planning matters to explain your rights and options.
For More Information About Estate Planning
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with our Porter County and Lake County estate planning attorneys, call (219) 365-7766 or fill out the contact form on this website.