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Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Attorneys Helping Clients With Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Helping you with every aspect of estate planning

Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC is recognized for our knowledge of the law in regard to estate planning. We take a holistic view of your interests, assets, and intentions when helping with all aspects of estate planning.

We represent individuals, families, and other designated caregivers in a variety of estate planning, probate administration and litigation matters in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We strive to understand and fulfill your specific needs and wishes to deal with your assets during your lifetime and after death. This includes—

  • Wills
  • Trusts—Inter Vivos and Testamentary
  • Probate administration and litigation
  • Revocable trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Healthcare Powers of Attorney
  • Durable Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Mental Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Living wills
  • Evaluating the impacts of tax policies on you, your heirs and other beneficiaries

Wills

There is almost no one who wants the government to determine how our estate is divided after we die. With that as a caveat, it is amazing that many people do not have a will to ensure their estate is disposed of as they wish. A will is a legal document that does several things.

  • It names someone who will be the person in charge of managing the disposition of your estate. This person can be a relative, close friend, attorney, or someone else
  • It lets you specify if you have minor children who will be their guardian
  • It is how you let the courts know how you want your money and belongings to be divided up when you have passed on.

Without a will the court uses a formula to dispose of your money, real property, and personal property, and having an attorney assist is the best means to assure your wishes are well-documented and can be legally executed.

Trusts

A trust holds money or other assets for the benefit of a person or entity. When the assets are placed in a trust, a trustee is appointed who will be responsible for ensuring that the assets are distributed to the child in the manner and time that the parent has stipulated. Trusts are not only used to protect assets designated for minor children and adult children with extraordinary expenses, such as medical expenses.

Taxes

Trusts are a vehicle used for protecting assets and for tax purposes. Tax considerations are an integral part of estate planning as they impact strategies used in wills and trusts for the structure and execution of assets to be disseminated to heirs and other beneficiaries.

Securing your family's future

The estate planning attorneys of Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC, carefully construct all estate related documents to assure that as in life, your death should not occasion you or those you love to pay more than their fair share of taxes. We have the knowledge of the law, as well as a deep understanding of financing and financial instruments to help clients make smart choices about their legacy and the financial future of their families.

No matter how you choose to protect and divide your estate, it is important to make certain that your attorney understands all the considerations and issues that you have, so we provide the best advice possible.

Serving family law clients in Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC provides comprehensive family law services to clients in the District of Columbia, Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland, and Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria counties in Virginia. Call us today at (202) 331-7522 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your concerns.