Estate Planning & Probate

Comprehensive Guidance In Estate Planning And Probate Matters

Yes, you do need an estate plan. Whether you are single, a young professional, newly married, expecting a child or entering your golden years, it is crucial to develop a plan to protect your assets and make your wishes known. 

Vogel Law Firm‘s estate planning and probate attorneys provide our clients with advice and solutions to their estate planning concerns and problems. Throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, our attorneys assist clients with services ranging from the preparation of simple wills to planning and managing the administration of large, complex estates and trusts.

Wills And Trusts

A will can help ensure that your estate assets are distributed to the named beneficiaries upon your death. Without a will, the state will handle the distribution of your assets. A trust can be used as part of an estate plan to protect assets for loved ones. We advise and represent clients in the preparation of simple wills, the establishment of trust accounts for children and matters concerning the ownership and transfer of real and personal property. 

Estate Planning For Complex Estates And Family Businesses

We prepare complex wills and trust agreements, provide tax planning advice, implement probate avoidance techniques, and initiate gifting programs and the rearrangement of property ownership and beneficiary designations in order to achieve our clients’ estate planning goals and avoid excessive tax liability where possible. We also counsel clients regarding:

  • Charitable gifting services: Including the preparation of charitable trusts, the establishment of private charitable foundations and tax planning and advice
  • Family business planning services: Including creating family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, preparing partnership and buy-sell agreements, securing and drafting split-dollar insurance agreements and deferred compensation agreements and creating gifting programs and other services designed to permit the transfer of family businesses without excessive tax liability

Probate, Estate And Trust Administration

We provide clients with the services necessary to prepare petitions and commence probate proceedings. We also assist our clients with the preparation of estate inventories and accountings, federal and state estate tax returns where required and property transfer documents, including real property deeds.

Estate And Probate Litigation

We represent and advise clients involved in prosecuting and defending against will contests, trust administration and fiduciary claims, formal probate hearings and disputed estate tax matters.

Elder Law Services

We assist our clients with the preparation of living wills and powers of attorney, the establishment of guardianships and conservatorships and the preparation of specialized trusts for disabled persons. Vogel Law Firm attorneys provide advice regarding planning for possible nursing home costs and Medicaid/medical assistance matters.

Get The Customized Representation You Need

We tailor our estate planning and probate services to your specific case, goals and needs. To learn more about how we can help you begin protecting what you have worked so hard to obtain throughout your life, call us now at 866-771-9930 or contact us online.