Experienced Maryville Estate Planning Attorneys Offering Practical Guidance

Helping families in and around Blount County protect future generations for more than 30 years

After working hard to build a good life for your family, you need to take action to ensure the continued care of your loved ones in the event of your death. Writing a will may not adequately protect your heirs. You need the help of experienced estate planning attorneys in Maryville to develop a cohesive plan. I am Maryville estate planning attorney Kevin W. Shepherd, and I have three decades of experience helping individuals with estate planning services. I regularly help clients by providing advice, developing effective plans and offering full litigation when needed to protect the rights of individuals in Maryville and throughout the region. I invite you to contact my firm, Shepherd and Associates, P.C., to learn more about how we can help.

Maryville estate planning attorneys address the unique issues in your life

Many people believe that a will provides full protection against all issues involving your estate. But wills can leave your heirs vulnerable to decisions made by probate court and even contests initiated by people you do not want to inherit any portion of your assets. As estate planning lawyers in Maryville, we help each client develop an effective estate plan that considers issues such as the following:

  • Trusts: By placing your assets in trust, you can help your heirs avoid the probate process after your death, reducing or eliminating the need for estate litigation.
  • Durable power of attorney for property: You should designate an individual you trust to handle your financial matters in the event that you become unable to meet these important responsibilities.
  • Healthcare power of attorney: You can appoint a person whom you trust to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you sustain injury or illness that prevents you from making vital decisions concerning your medical care.
  • Living will: A Maryville estate planner can help you create a legal document that provides medical practitioners with clear instructions pertaining to the care you want if you become permanently incapacitated.

The tax consequences of inheritance and estates in Tennessee

You may want to achieve a sound financial future for your loved ones in the event of your death but as explained in A Guide to Tennessee Inheritance and Estate Taxes, the tax consequences associated with inheritance can substantially deplete the actual funds and assets your heirs receive. As an experienced Maryville estate-planning lawyer, I examine your estate for potential tax vulnerabilities, and I can often recommend ways to reduce these liabilities for your heirs.

Contact an experienced estate planning attorney in Maryville for the support you need

You work hard to provide financial protection for your loved ones in life but you need an experienced estate planner in Maryville to put a plan in place that protects them from loss of funds and unnecessary estate litigation. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd and Associates, P.C., please call 865-225-9655 orfill out our contact form.