Top Louisville, KY Trusts Lawyers Near You

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

10200 Forest Green Boulevard, Suite 407, Louisville, KY 40223

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6450 Dutchmans Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40205

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500 West Jefferson Street, Suite 2000, Louisville, KY 40202

Trusts Lawyers | Prospect Office | Serving Louisville, KY

9301 Dayflower St., Prospect, KY 40059

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

400 West Market Street, Suite 3200, Louisville, KY 40202

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100 Mallard Creek Road, Suite 250, Louisville, KY 40207

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PO Box 58308, Louisville, KY 40268

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500 W Jefferson St, PNC Plz, Suite 1100, Louisville, KY 40202

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4350 Brownsboro Rd, Suite 110, Louisville, KY 40207

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

713 East Market Street, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40202

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500 West Jefferson Street, Suite 2100, Louisville, KY 40202

Trusts Lawyers | Shepherdsville Office | Serving Louisville, KY

318 S. Buckman St, Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40222

Trusts Lawyers | Crestwood Office | Serving Louisville, KY

6506 W Hwy 22, PO Box 12, Crestwood, KY 40014

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

101 South 5th Street, Suite 2500, Louisville, KY 40202

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

730 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

101 South Fifth Street, 3500 PNC Tower, Louisville, KY 40202-3140

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12910 Shelbyville Rd , Suite 124, Louisville, KY 40243

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700 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 115, Louisville, KY 40222

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200 S 5th St, Suite 610 N, Louisville, KY 40202

Trusts Lawyers | Louisville Office

8401 Shelbyville Road, Suite 100V, Louisville, KY 40222-5544

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1717 Alliant Ave, Suite 17, Louisville, KY 40299-6302

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1350 Ellison Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

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8007 Lyndon Centre Wy, Suite 201, Louisville, KY 40222

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Wills and Trusts

Wills and Trusts are powerful estate planning documents that allow you to name beneficiaries and provide instructions on how your assets should be distributed to them after you pass away or become incapacitated. Wills are validated in probate court (also known as a surrogate’s court) and can contain burial instructions, funeral arrangements, and more. Trusts can allow you to avoid probate court altogether by naming trustees to distribute your estate in place of a court or judge.

Powers of Attorney (POAs)

Power of attorney documents allow you to name third parties to tend to your affairs during your lifetime. For example, a financial power of attorney allows you to designate a trusted individual or company to manage your bank accounts, stock brokerage accounts, and other finances. A power of attorney can be limited or durable depending on whether you would like to specify how long it lasts and to what extent, or whether you intend for it to be permanent and unconditional. It can also allow a third party designee to manage your real estate and other tangible and intangible properties.

Living Wills and Healthcare/Medical Directives

Living Wills and/or Healthcare Directives relate to medical treatment during your lifetime, especially during incapacitation. For example, you can name a loved one to make life-and-death decisions for you, including on whether to “pull to plug” or to accept medical treatment or surgery from a doctor or hospital on your behalf. These types of estate planning documents, like powers of attorney, are only effective during your lifetime.

How Much Does Estate Planning Cost?

An estate planning attorney may provide a free consultation, and subsequent work may be performed on a flat fee or hourly basis. The total cost of these services will depend on the complexity of your estate and the extent of documents that you need to have prepared. For instance, if you don’t own much property and only intend to create a simple will to dispose of small personal assets and provide for funeral instructions, your cost may not exceed a few hundred dollars.

On the other hand, a more complex will, when coupled with a trust, can run into the thousands of dollars depending on your special needs. Other documents, such as powers of attorney or medical directives, may cost a few hundred dollars each if prepared on a flat-fee basis. Hourly fees, on the other hand, can vary depending on an attorney’s years of experience and level of seniority.

How an Estate Planning Attorney Can Help

Because state law and individual circumstances are unique, hiring an estate planning attorney is advised especially if you own substantial assets and want to properly plan your future (and your family’s future) accordingly. An estate planning lawyer can help you decide which kinds of documents are right for you; a law firm can also guide you toward the best legal strategies to use in order to minimize your estate taxes and provide the most for your future beneficiaries.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It’s important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice’s billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court’s reach in personal jurisdiction.

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