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An estate is the property and assets left by the decedent. Inheritance is what the beneficiaries of the estate receive from a trust or a will. Federal law requires the beneficiaries to pay income taxes on what they receive during that tax year. Federal law taxes only very large estates and does not tax inheritance, but the estate and those getting an inheritance may owe state taxes.
Estate and inheritance tax laws are very complex and various state laws further complicates this specialized area of law. To protect your rights and not overpay or underpay taxes, the advice of A Burlington estate tax attorney is necessary.
An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.