Estate Planning And Probate Services

It is never too early to begin thinking about your family's future. Establishing an estate plan can help give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your wishes will be honored. At The Applegate Firm, PLLC, our attorneys provide comprehensive estate planning services to people throughout Arkansas. We also help guide people through the probate process following the death of a loved one. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our law office in Maumelle at 501-588-0999.

Dedicated Legal Guidance

Our lawyers handle a wide range of issues involving estate planning and probate, including:

Establishing wills and trusts: Our clients are often surprised when we meet with them for the first time and tell them what would happen to their estate if they died without a will, trust or other estate planning documents. We know that you want your loved ones taken care of when you pass away, and we work with people in all types of situations to tailor an estate plan that will best suit their needs. We can help with the preparation of last wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, beneficiary deeds, living wills, powers of attorney and other documents.

Probate administration: It is a difficult time when a loved one passes away. There are a number of decisions to be made and actions that must be taken to probate a loved one's estate. Even if a person dies with a will in place, the estate will still have to pass through probate. We will guide you through every step of this process. If you wish to appoint another family member to be the estate's personal representative (executor or executrix), we can also let you know what steps need to be followed under the law.

Small estate administration: Arkansas has a statutory provision that allows for certain estates with a value of $100,000 or less to go through a less complex and shorter administration process. If your loved one has passed away with few assets, this process can help save a great deal of time, money and stress. We provide small estate administration services on a flat-fee basis.

Probate and trust litigation: Unfortunately, in some cases when a loved one dies not all of the family members may be in agreement with how the estate should be administered, even if a will and/or trust has been established. We can defend against will contests, or represent family members who believe a loved one created or changed a will under the undue influence of another, or who believe that a loved one did not have the capacity to create or amend a will.

Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation

If you are thinking about creating an estate plan or need assistance through the probate process, schedule a free initial consultation with us. Call 501-588-0999 or contact us online.