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Family Law

 

Divorce

Divorce.jpg (7288 bytes) A divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences an individual encounters. Issues involving child custody, property division, alimony and maintenance, debt allocation and tax consequences require the services of an experienced qualified Attorney. At Bitney Law Firm, Ltd. we have the experience and expertise to help you protect the best interests of your children as well as your rights and assets

Wills

It is important to have a will that distributes your assets as you desire. If you have minor children, it is important to designate a guardian and establish a trust to preserve and protect assets for your child's future needs and education. We are experienced in drafting wills, durable powers of attorney, trusts and power of attorney for health care.  Hand.jpg (5448 bytes)

Probate

Court.jpg (8240 bytes) Probate is the legal process by which a deceased persons debts are paid and assets distributed according to his or her last will and testament. It is important to retain an attorney who is experienced in probate law so that the procedure can be completed in a timely and efficient manner. 

Estate Planning

If an individual's estate does not exceed $625,000.00, there are no state or federal estate taxes. However, if a married couples assets do exceed $625,000.00, state and federal estate taxes can take up to 55 % of the estate. Careful estate planing can eliminate estate taxes on up to $1,250,000.00 and greatly reduce taxes on larger estates.

Elder Law

Elder law focuses on the special needs of senior citizens, particularly in the development of strategies and plans to protect a family's assets from nursing home claims. Plans can be developed so that the spouse and children are left with adequate resources and income. It is important to establish a plan long before placement in a nursing home.

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