Estate Planning And Probate

Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys in Bend, Oregon

Helping You Plan for the Future in Central & Eastern Oregon

Our estate planning and probate attorneys in Bend help clients design, implement, and enforce comprehensive estate plans. These legal documents can minimize taxes, achieve the client’s goals for property distribution, map a plan for family business succession, and spell out preservation wishes.  

We counsel our clients on the use of basic estate planning documents such as:

  • Wills
  • Revocable living trusts
  • Healthcare directives and healthcare planning
  • Powers of attorney
  • Family and charitable gifting plans, through the use of charitable trusts and family limited liability companies

Here at Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, we also advise our clients on the implications of federal and state estate taxes and the generation-skipping transfer tax, so they have a clear picture of the future. We can also provide clients with information about the available options to reduce those taxes either through the gifting of assets, use of trusts, and other legitimate ways to reduce the size of one’s estate that will be subject to tax.

Estate Planning & Wills

Our estate planning attorneys know that family and financial situations often change, so we can regularly update estate plans that have become outdated or need to be revised because of changing circumstances.  We also regularly assist clients who have moved to Oregon from other states in updating their documents to comply with Oregon law.

Trusts & Probate

Our legal team is also there when a family member dies to help properly administer the estate. This may include the administration of a trust, or if necessary, the initiation of probate to ensure that assets are transferred to the intended recipients. We can also help coordinate all of the difficult and sometimes confusing tasks that arise after death, such as: 

  • Dividing trusts into marital and survivor trusts
  • Preparing and filing disclaimers
  • Filing estate tax returns
  • Filing income tax returns of the decedent
  • Transferring property to heirs
  • Advising about the transfer or rollover of IRAs or other retirement assets
  • Obtaining life insurance benefits
  • Counseling executors and trustees about how to divide personal property

Our Bend estate planning and probate lawyers use our years of experience to not only advocate for our clients but also regularly present at seminars and classes on estate planning, charitable giving, and tax planning to keep the legal community informed on the latest advancements, regulations, and strategies.  

If you are looking toward the future, our firm can support your estate planning and probate needs. Reach out to us online or dial (541) 382-4331 today to schedule a consultation.

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