Probate and Estate Planning
You’ve worked too hard and too long to expose yourself and your assets to the risks associated with poor estate planning – or the failure to plan. The potential risks faced by successful people during their lifetime are significant.
That’s why we provide Life Planning services that include Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and asset protection planning.
Our Estate Planning services include everything from simple Wills to the most complex Trust arrangements. Our goal is to assure that your wishes are carried out and your assets are protected from adverse tax consequences.
Bellanca Beattie Life and Estate Planning experts work closely with your accountants and other financial advisors to assure that your Life and Estate plans are consistent with your current and projected financial circumstances and needs.
A common misconception is that Probate Court is to be avoided at all costs. That’s simply not true. Bellanca Beattie clients find comfort in the fact that we have extensive experience with Probate proceedings.
Our Probate practice includes: the creation of Guardianships and Conservatorships and their administration and accountings; administration of Decedent’s Estates; name change petitions; adoption proceedings; Settlement Agreements and litigation of Will contests.
We also serve as Legal Counsel to the Consulate of Italy and, in that capacity, we have handled hundreds of Probate matters involving property in the United States left to residents of Italy. This representation has been continuous for over 57 years.