Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts | Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill PC | Fort Wayne, IN Law Firm

The estate planning attorneys of Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill, P.C., help individuals, couples and families plan for the future through the use of wills, trusts and other estate planning tools. After someone has died, we are available to handle the legal steps involved in tying up an estate and distributing assets to heirs.

Our estate planning and probate practice includes:

  • Business succession planning
  • Charitable planning
  • Estate administration
  • Guardianships
  • Health care directives
  • Living wills
  • Premarital agreements and planning
  • Powers of attorney
  • Probate
  • Probate litigation, including will contests and inheritance disputes
  • Trusts (including living trusts, charitable trusts, insurance trusts and special-needs trusts)
  • Wills and Will contests

A will allows you to decide who will receive your assets and who will care for your minor children in the event of your death. We can help you plan for the future by drafting or updating your will, establishing a trust or using other estate planning tools to reach your individual goals.

We also can prepare documents to name someone you trust to make medical decisions for you or to manage your financial affairs should you become unable to do so yourself.

Probate And Probate Litigation

After the death of a family member, we can assist with all aspects of probate, including:

  • Registering the will
  • Inventorying assets
  • Paying final debts and taxes
  • Distributing remaining assets according to the will

If you are named as the executor of a will, you have a fiduciary responsibility to the estate. If you fail to uphold that duty, you can be held financially responsible for any mistakes. Our lawyers can protect your interests by advising you or managing the entire process for you.

Help For Out-Of-State Family Members

We frequently represent clients from out of state whose family members in the Fort Wayne area have died.

If disputes arise over the will or probate process, our trial lawyers can represent you in negotiation or mediation and at trial.

Contact Our Experienced Will and Estate Planning Attorneys

To discuss your estate planning or probate concerns, please contact us via our online form or call (260) 420-6000. From offices in Fort Wayne, we represent clients from throughout Indiana and across the nation.