Estate Planning

We work with you to develop an estate plan that reflects your wishes in the event of incapacity or death. 

We guide you through discussions and considerations of advanced directives, such as a living will, health care power of attorney, and durable power of attorney. Our goal is to develop a plan regarding healthcare and financial decisions for your family and loved ones in the event of incapacity, which may help your family avoid a formal guardianship proceeding.

We also establish wills and trusts to help individuals settle and disburse their personal effects, real property, and other assets to the individual’s intended beneficiaries. In addition, parents may nominate guardians for the care of their minor children and trustees/guardians to manage assets for the benefit of their minor children.

Contact us to schedule an estate planning consultation. We will send you a comprehensive questionnaire to help us better understand your needs and requests. During our initial consultation, we will discuss your questionnaire responses, listen to your feedback, and develop a plan that clearly and effectively achieves your wishes.  

Estate Administration

Estate administration is a complicated and lengthy procedure, whether probating a will or opening an estate when an individual has died without a will. Hopper Cummings navigates the process of estate administration in Chatham County for our clients, completing all steps necessary to properly administer the estate.

In estate administration matters, we prepare inventories and accountings, administer estate accounts, negotiate and draft family settlement agreements, litigate and defend will caveats and other claims to estates, and serve as a registered agent for out-of-state executors. We hope our representation and assistance will make an otherwise difficult time less stressful for our clients.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation regarding your estate planning and administration matter.