Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate

Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate 2017-05-16T16:25:31+00:00

Estate and tax planning, probate planning, and asset protection are no longer just tools available for the wealthiest families. In today’s complex world of ever-changing tax and probate laws, all families need to carefully plan for the future to avoid the hardships these tax and probate laws might inflict. This is especially true when the family’s assets include a business interest. Helping clients navigate these laws in order to minimize tax liabilities, protect the family’s assets from claims of creditors, and minimize the delay and expense of the probate administration process are our primary objectives for our clients.

Helping families plan for and cope with a family member’s death and lifetime protection of family assets involves not only careful consideration of tax and probate laws, but it also involves careful consideration of the family’s future goals. Our attorneys will assist you in evaluating and achieving those goals by providing counsel regarding wills, trusts, powers of attorney, business succession planning, guardianships, living wills, lifetime gift programs, and charitable giving. Additionally, our attorneys’ experience in estate and trust litigation will aid you in crafting estate plans that will minimize future disputes.

Finally, when clients are faced with probate administration following the death of a loved one, we believe that the most important service we can perform is to help the family through a very difficult time by alleviating the administrative burdens imposed by the probate process. Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. provides counsel to assist you in making the probate administration process expedient. Because our primary concern is always the protection of your family’s assets, we work diligently to obtain your goals while easing the family’s burden at a difficult time.

Will/Trust Litigation:

Even in situations where there was advance planning and preparation of appropriate estate planning documents such as a will, a trust, or a power of attorney, disputes may still arise. The attorneys at Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. represent family members, estate representatives, and other beneficiaries in litigation resulting from those disputes.

Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. has fought to protect the rights of numerous clients in a wide variety of probate and estate litigation matters including the following:

  • Life insurance claim disputes
  • Will and trust contests
  • Concealment actions
  • Trust interpretation issues
  • Joint and survivorship account disputes
  • Beneficiary designation disputes
  • Power of attorney abuse actions
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Guardianship and conservatorship proceedings
  • Determination of heir proceedings
  • Wrongful death claim dispute proceedings

Whether these claims take place in the County Probate Court or the United States District Court, our attorneys are prepared to protect your rights.