Portland Trust & Estate Services

McKinley Irvin’s Portland estate planning attorneys offer comprehensive services, including wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, trustee representation, beneficiary representation, elder law, guardianships, and conservatorships. No matter what life may bring, we can help protect what you value most.

ESTATE PLANNING

Estate planning allows you to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your assets in the event of your death or disability. The plan you create may include:

  • Last Will and Testament: Your Last Will and Testament provides the essential details of who will inherit your property, when and how they will inherit it, and who will be put in charge of settling your final affairs.
  • Trusts: There are many different kinds of trusts. A trust can serve as the building block of your estate plan, provide asset protection, plan for future incapacity, and help you minimize estate taxes and avoid probate court.
  • Special Needs Trusts: If you have children or loved ones with special needs, a Special Needs Trust allows you to coordinate their unique financial and personal care.
  • General Durable Power of Attorney: Your General Durable Power of Attorney authorizes an “agent” to act on your behalf in transactions regarding your property, contracts, and benefits.
  • Advance Directive for Health Care Decision Making to include:
    • Health Care Durable Power of Attorney: This is an important legal document that designates an individual to make health care decisions for you if you are no longer able to.
    • Directive to Physicians or “Living Will”: Your Living Will allows you to determine in advance whether to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment if you are in a terminal or permanently unconscious condition.

ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

McKinley Irvin’s estate planning lawyers can assist with the necessary legal processes to settle the estate of a deceased loved one.

  • Probate is a court-supervised process to implement and execute your Last Will and Testament.
  • Trust Administration is like a private probate, without the interference of the courts, to implement and execute your trust.
  • Beneficiary Representation is available to those wishing to protect their interests as a beneficiary of a will or a trust.
  • Trustee Representation helps successor Trustees fulfill their legal responsibilities and protect themselves in administering a trust.

ELDER LAW

McKinley Irvin’s Elder Law attorneys provide essential services for seniors.

  • Vulnerable Adult Protection ensures that elders are not victimized.
  • Long-term Care Planning involves ensuring that seniors have the resources they require to live in dignity and comfort, whether their care is self-funded or based on government assistance.

GUARDIANSHIP AND CONSERVATORSHIP

A minor or incapacitated loved one may require the assistance of a court-appointed guardian or conservator.

  • Guardianship is established for the benefit of the loved one's day-to-day needs and personal care.
  • Conservatorship is established to allow a trusted fiduciary to handle the financial affairs of the incapacitated loved one.

Experienced Counsel in Estate Planning

Working with a McKinley Irvin estate planning lawyer, you will be able to provide for your loved ones and ensure that your wishes are carried out. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

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