Probate Law & Estate Planning Attorneys
Our office assists clients in the Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Middletown, and surrounding areas with all of their estate planning needs and end-of-life preparations. Our probate practice group is led by Attorney Brian Mahon.
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Probate Law deals with the drafting of last will and testament documents, powers of attorney, living wills, assisting the families of deceased individuals to carry out the instructions detailed in wills and to handle the Probate Court proceedings. Attorney Mahon is in the unique position of having been a member of the Connecticut bar for over 40 years and serving as the Judge of Probate of the District of Meriden since 2004. His position as a practicing lawyer and Probate Judge gives him a distinct perspective on the importance of end-of-life planning, and gives him the knowledge to cater to your estate planning needs.
Last Will and Testament Preparation
It is vital to have a will. A last will and testament gives a person the opportunity to dictate how his or her affairs will be handled after death. When a person owns real or personal property at the time of his or her death, the Probate courts oversee the division of his or her property. When a person dies with a will in place, his or her property will be divided in accordance with his or her wishes. If there is no will, however, the laws of the State of Connecticut apply. Often these laws will distribute property to people who the decedent never wanted to receive it. Our probate lawyers have the experience to prepare wills to ensure that your property will be distributed to the people who you want to receive it and not to those you donít.
Power of Attorney, Living Will, and Healthcare Designation
Our office also has extensive experience preparing powers of attorney, living wills, and healthcare designations. These are essential legal documents that help ensure stability during uncertain times. A power of attorney allows you to designate someone to step into your shoes to carry out acts that you cannot perform. For example, if you are out of the country and you need an important document to be signed, your attorney in fact can sign the document on your behalf. Another example is if you have a stroke and cannot make decisions on your own. If that happens, your attorney in fact can step up and make non-medical decisions on your behalf.
A living will lets your family and your doctors know what steps should or should not be taken in end-of-life situations. It provides valuable instructions for your caregivers on how to proceed if you suffer a catastrophic medical condition.
A designation of healthcare representative appoints a person to step into your shoes and make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so on your own. We have the experience to draft these documents and to write them in a way that satisfies both state legal requirements and your own needs.
Convenient Meriden Location
Connecticut office aids families in navigating through the Probate Court system. Our
experienced probate attorneys can handle the administration of your loved oneís estate.
Brian Mahonís position of Probate Judge gives him a unique perspective on the
process. While ethical rules prevent him from being involved in contested
cases or cases that would appear in the Meriden Probate District, our office
can handle probate matters in other districts throughout Connecticut. If you have estate planning
needs and require an estate planning attorney, a lawyer specializing in wills, or require a probate lawyer, contact our office today for a free and confidential consultation.
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