Estate Administration is the process by which the estate of a deceased individual is managed by the person appointed by the Probate Court in the county of the deceased individual’s residence. If the decedent had a Will at the time of his or her death, the process is also known as “probating” a person’s Will.
Attorney Wesley Garrett and his staff work closely with the representative of the estate, their families, the heirs of the estate, and the beneficiaries of the estate to ensure that the estate is properly opened, administered, and closed. We advise our clients concerning the payment of the lawful debts of the decedent and other expenses related to the administration of the estate. Additionally, we will assist with the transfer of title to the various assets of the decedent, including real property and business interests.
We work with our clients to help facilitate that the decedent’s wishes are carried out in accordance with his or her Last Will and Testament or Indiana law.
Estate planning first requires identifying and understanding your clients’ goals and objectives. Thereafter, an estate planning attorney oversees the preparation of the documents necessary to accomplish those goals and objectives. This includes Last Wills and Testaments, trust instruments and, where appropriate, business entities. We strive to position our clients’ assets in a manner that will continue their legacy beyond their death in a tax efficient manner.
Attorney Wesley Garrett and his staff help clients design and implement plans to create, grow, protect, and pass their wealth on to the next generation. For many clients, these plans are carefully designed to meet specific income and family-oriented goals. For other clients, we focus on specific family dynamics and help design estate plans to transfer wealth in ways that empower and protect children and grandchildren. When representing business owners, we also shepherd our clients through the process of creating or redesigning their plan for transitioning ownership of the business to the next generation of family members or employees.
We use a variety of means to accomplish our client’s estate planning goals. In addition to the preparation of a Last Will and Testament, we often prepare trusts on behalf of our clients. Many trusts are designed to hold and manage assets during life; however, we also prepare trusts to serve as a vessel to manage our client’s assets most appropriately upon his or her death while maintaining privacy for the estate.
In addition to the preparation of an estate plan, our firm also assists clients in the preparation of revocable or living trusts, healthcare, and power of attorney documents to help manage their estate during life. Wesley Garrett and staff also have great experience in the guardianship process involving the appointment of a legal representative for elderly or incompetent adults or minor children.
Garrett Law offers up-to-date techniques and informed estate and tax planning. Oftentimes, we create and build long-term relationships with our clients and their families so that we serve as counsel to families from one generation to the next. Our goal is to extend our client’s legacy well beyond his or her life.
In summary, Garrett Law will use its expertise to design an estate plan that is tailor-fit to the needs of our clients and their family.
When a person is injured because of a failure of another person, that person may need a personal injury lawyer to advocate for them. Wesley Garrett understands that a driver of a vehicle is responsible for maintaining the laws of the road and ensuring that they are driving safely. Similarly, that business owners, and property owners are responsible for ensuring that invitees are safe.
Garrett Law is committed to protecting our client’s interests in these and other legal situations resulting in personal injury. We assist clients during the difficult times that follow an injury or loss of a loved one caused by a third party’s failure to follow the appropriate standard of care. Wesley Garrett has experience handling a variety of personal injuries claims such as including:
Through a thorough investigation of the facts, we identify all at-fault parties and all sources of potential financial recovery because of the injury. We advocate for our clients in pre-suit negotiations all the way through trial, if necessary, to obtain the maximum recovery due to our client. Wesley Garrett will work diligently to maximize our client’s recovery to help compensate for immediate medical treatment, ongoing medical care, pain and suffering and funeral expenses. And, in furtherance of our dedication to maximizing our client’s recovery in these types of cases, we will consider only getting paid for our services when our client is awarded a recovery.
Garrett Law provides legal services in real estate matters representing property owners, sellers and buyers. We assist clients in real estate law matters, including but not limited to:
· Purchase Agreements
· Deed Preparation
· Land Contracts
· Residential Closings
· Title Defects
· Assistance with Title Search and Title Commitments
· Quiet Title Actions
· Easements and Restrictive Covenants
· Agricultural Lease Agreements
Garrett Law provides business legal services in transactional and litigation matters, as well as general counsel services. We help business owners make informed decisions that protect the goodwill, the bottom line, and long-term goals of the company. We assist clients in almost all business-related matters, including:
· Business formation
· Business licensing
· Business startup
· Business litigation
· Business succession planning
· Confidentiality agreements
· Contract drafting and negotiation
· Letters of intent
· Limited liability companies
· Mergers and acquisitions
· Noncompete and Nonsolicitation agreements
· Operating agreements