Wills & Trusts

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Oregon Will and Trust Attorneys

Miller & Hopp Attorneys at Law provide help and guidance to families who have lost a loved one and need help administering their will or trust. We also help those who want to prepare or update their will or trust.

Matters related to wills and trusts can be very sensitive because they impact the wishes of the loved one who has passed and those of the beneficiaries. The aims may also differ from setting up a living trust or challenging a complex will. We provide the best legal advice, no matter the complexity of the problem.

Although it can be a difficult topic, having a well-drafted and complete will or trust plan will ensure that your family and assets are protected should something happen to you. Without planning, you may be leaving vital decisions to the courts or angry disputes between family members.

Understanding the Difference Between Wills and Trusts

Wills and trusts are both useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes. Both can work together to create a complete estate plan. One of the main differences between a will and a trust is that a will goes into effect only after you die, while a trust takes effect as soon as it is created.

A will is a document that designates who will receive your assets at your death, and it also appoints a legal representative to communicate and carry out your wishes. In contrast, a trust can be used to begin distributing property before death, at death, or afterward. A trust is a legal arrangement through which a trustee holds the legal title to the property for a beneficiary. Also, a trust typically has two types of recipients, one that receives income from the trust during their life, and another that receives whatever is left over after the first set of beneficiaries dies.

At your death, a will includes any property that is only in your name. It does not include property held in joint tenancy or a trust. On the other hand, trusts cover only property that has been transferred to the trust. Therefore, for a property to be included in a trust, it has to be put in the name of the trust.

An additional difference between a will and a trust is that a will passes through probate, meaning that a court will oversee the will’s administration. However, a trust circumvents probate and, therefore, does not go to court; this saves time and money.

Wills and trusts have their advantages and disadvantages. There are a number of factors that go into determining which avenue is best for you and your beneficiaries. Our will and trust attorneys have experience with all of the intricacies that go into these plans.

Will and Trust Attorneys

Will and Trust Attorneys

A will needs to meet certain legal formalities for it to be respected by the court of law. It needs to be written, duly witnessed, and executed correctly. You need to be aware of the will and trust laws in the state of Oregon. Miller & Hopp Attorneys at Law can:

  • Write a new will or update an existing one
  • Create an amendment to the original will document
  • Present the will in court
  • Assist in the final execution of the will
  • Contest the will if any situation arises

Navigating the intricacies of estate planning in Oregon can be complicated. Our trust lawyers are skilled experts in this field. We understand how to set up a trust, which includes:

  • Helping you set up a trust legally
  • Making sure that the trust is administered per your wishes
  • Ensuring that it is not neglected
  • Assisting you to cover all possible bases

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With 50 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Miller & Hopp Attorneys at Law are ready to help you with your legal needs.

Miller & Hopp Attorneys at Law encompasses an extensive range of practice areas. We do not limit our practice or focus to one particular area of law. Our firm can use different strategies that will be most beneficial to the specifics of your case.

Contact us today or call (888) 833-1023 to arrange to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.

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