Estate Planning and Probate Administration
The passing on of wealth is too important of an issue to trust in the hands of inexperienced lawyers or an online do-it-yourself will kit. At Townsend & Thompson, LLP, we have been helping South Carolina clients with estate planning and probate issues since 1971. In that time, we have established a reputation for detailed, conscientious legal representation marked by a commitment to providing personally tailored representation to every one of our clients.
Probate Administration and Litigation
We represent South Carolina clients with the administration of conservatorships and guardianships. We also represent clients who are involved in probate disputes. This type of dispute arises out of conflicts involving the interpretation and validity of estate planning documents. Probate disputes can include claims of:
- Undue influence: For a will to be valid, the testator (the person writing the will) must be completely free to make decisions. When someone is exerting undue influence like intimidation or psychological abuse, it can render a will or other estate planning document invalid.
- Incapacity: Another requirement for the validity of a will is that the testator is of sound mind. When a person writing a will is suffering from dementia or other mental illness that causes incapacity, the will is invalid.
- Breach of fiduciary duty: Will administrators and trustees are held to a standard of fiduciary loyalty. When they are caught in self-dealing or other unethical practices regarding the will or trusts, they can be held liable to all damaged parties.
Estate Planning ∙ Do Not Wait to Plan Your Future
The most effective way to avoid problems in probate is a comprehensive estate plan. The point of preparing an estate plan with an experienced lawyer is to articulate your wishes clearly ahead of time in order to avoid confusion and family discord when the time comes for your estate to be executed. A well-executed estate plan covers all of your bases, so everything goes smoothly in probate. This is a tremendous gift to your family.
Our Laurens County will and estate attorneys help clients establish comprehensive estate plans, which can include:
- Powers of attorney
- Health care powers of attorney
- Advance health care directives
Contact a Greenville Probate Attorney ∙ 864-984-6554
If you are in need of estate planning or probate representation, call 864-984-6554 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a lawyer from our firm.