Des Moines Estate Planning Attorney
Waukee, Iowa, Probate Lawyer
If you have built an estate, but don't have a plan in place for the distribution of your property upon death, you want an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Likewise, if you have been named executor, administrator or personal representative of the estate of a loved one, you want a lawyer who knows the probate process - one who can help you meet the requirements of the probate process and successfully settle the estate.
Our office has handled hundreds of estate matters in the courts of Dallas, Polk, Warren, and Madison, as well as counties throughout Iowa. Our office has helped clients for the past 30 years in ensuring that they have the appropriate wills, trusts, power of attorneys, and related documents for their estate planning needs.
Des Moines Estate Planning Lawyer
We will help you put together an effective plan for the orderly distribution of your assets upon death. We start the process by gathering as much information as we can about your financial situation, as well as your goals. We then help you understand the different strategies available to meet your objectives, such as the use of wills and trusts, the re-titling of property to avoid probate, minimizing if not eliminating any potential inheritance taxes, and making of lifetime gifts.
We assist clients in coordinating their pensions, annuities, and life insurance policies with the appropriate designated trusts in their wills. Such planning can greatly reduce, if not avoid, any future legal and out of pocket expenses. Further, those clients with minor children necessitate careful planning to ensure that there is a legal guardian and trustee to care for their children's welfare, education, support and maintenance. Once you have decided which approach will best help you accomplish your goals, we will prepare and execute all the documents required to put your plan in place, including wills, trusts, and financial or health care powers of attorney.
We are the McKinney brothers and we grew up on a farm and worked in a family business. We currently operate a business and manage farms and understand the importance of ensuring the succession of family businesses and farms.
Iowa Probate Attorney
We work with executors, administrators, personal representatives and heirs, helping you initiate and complete the requirements of the probate process, so that you can settle the estate of a loved one. We will help you compile and submit an inventory of the assets of the estate, obtain property valuations, pay all final debts and taxes of the estate, and oversee the orderly distribution of property in accordance with the terms of a will or trust.
Contact our Office
For a free initial consultation with experienced Des Moines lawyers, contact our office locally at 515-987-4578, toll-free at 1-877-227-0380 or online. We are available to meet with you weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and evenings or weekends upon request. We will travel to meet with you, if necessary.
Our office is conveniently located in the heart of the Waukee business district, but we will travel to meet with you, if necessary.