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A trust is a legal tool used to hold the title to your assets and privately distribute those assets after your death. While the purpose of wills and trusts is to transfer your estate to your heirs, only a trust allows your loved ones to bypass probate court.
There are many different types of trusts that an estate planning attorney can help you create, including:
- Revocable Living Trust
- Special Needs Trust
- Charitable Remainder Trust
- Community Property Trust
Probate is the legal process for settling and administering estates when there is no estate plan or only a will. During this process, a probate court oversees – and at times makes – decisions about the estate. This process can be costly and time-consuming, but it can be helpful when family members do not get along or where there is significant mistrust.
Creating a Will
Power of Attorney
Durable Power of Attorney gives a person, such as your spouse or child, the power to act on your behalf. It also allows family members to petition the court for access to your finances, a process that is often time-consuming and expensive.
Medical Power of Attorney grants another person the power to make medical decisions on your behalf. It also allows medical professionals to communicate with your POA about your condition and treatment. Planning for a Medical POA helps ensure that someone you trust makes critical medical decisions.
A last will is a legal document that directs your wishes for the distribution of your estate. It can be changed or revoked at any point during your lifetime, but it becomes effective after your death.
A living will is a legal document that details the medical directions and treatment that you do or do not want in the event you are incapable of communicating medical decisions.
Small Business Planning
Our business law attorneys use creative and effective business planning strategies to help guide companies through formation, growth and disposition. Our team is well-equipped to help you plan and achieve your goals at every stage.
Contract & Lease Attorney
Before signing a contract or lease for your new business, Mattingly Ford examines the documentation to ensure there is nothing that puts you or your business at risk. Work with our contract attorneys to review these and other contracts:
- Employment contracts
- Facility and/or equipment leases
- Nondisclosure and/or non-compete agreements
- Construction contracts
- Sales and distribution agreements
Business Formation & Compliance
From the very beginning, we guide you through entity selection, ownership agreements and article drafting. Once your business launches, Mattingly Ford’s corporate compliance attorneys help you navigate federal, state and county regulations, spanning many areas, including employment, taxes, intellectual property, insurance and filings.
Corporate Succession and Buy & Sell Agreements
Whether it’s a family-owned business transferring to the next generation or leadership succession of any kind, we help you pass the torch and ensure the preservation of your wishes during the transition and beyond.
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Mattingly Ford is an estate planning, probate and business law firm, ready to make the law work for you. If you are planning your estate, you can count on our experienced lawyers to ensure your wishes are observed and your loved ones are protected. Our business attorneys guide companies through their entire life cycle—through formation, growth and disposition.
Whether it’s business or personal, we have your best interests in mind and always work to help you build and preserve your legacy.