A recent survey reveals a drop in estate planning for 2009, with only 35% of Americans having a will. Although the down economy is causing everyone to cut corners and cut back, the repercussions of not having an estate plan upon death haven’t changed. No matter what your net worth, just as you are still putting money into your 401K for retirement, it is essential to have a basic estate plan in place to relieve your family of the unnecessary stresses related to end-of-life issues and probate.

Estate planning can:

  • Protect assets from creditors;
  • Preserve family wealth for future generations;
  • Put conditions on HOW and WHEN your assets are distributed;
  • Assure that your money and property go to the people YOU intend upon death;
  • Prevent disputes or confusion regarding inheritances;
  • Declare whom you want making medical and financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated; and
  • Reduce estate and gift taxes.

Plan in advance to avoid court battles involving end-of-life decisions or post-death family disputes, which cost much more than the basic estate plan.


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I solicited Peck Ritchey, LLC for assistance with a living trust for which I became the beneficiary. I needed assistance with understanding the details of how it all worked. However, I was especially concerned because there were threats of allegations made by family members and a lawsuit was filed against me. I needed a solid professional who had my best interests in mind. Peter Brady took my case and he managed it flawlessly. He explained everything in a way I could understand, he knew the law inside and out, he was always available to answer questions, and even offer support when things seemed like they could become extremely problematic. In addition to this, he had a plan. He navigated the course as if he already knew the next move by the opposing attorney. He made me feel like everything was in control and that’s because he knew exactly what he was doing and he consulted with me about everything. We ended up settling out of court and ultimately the court officially dismissed the lawsuit. I honestly believe if it wasn’t for Peter and his expertise this could have gone in an entirely different direction. Peter did a stellar job and I couldn’t be more pleased and impressed with his performance.

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