Estates, Wills, and Trusts

Overview

Estate Planning and Litigation Attorneys in Des Moines

When people are ready to actively engage in the estate planning process, they seek guidance to navigate the complex decisions necessary to build a more secure future and plan for their estate. Careful planning and thoughtful discussion ensures compliance with state and federal tax law, and maximizes the distribution of your property, money and assets to your beneficiaries. Whether providing bequests to family members or creating a charitable trust, advance planning sets you up for the future by determining a beneficiary for every part of your estate. An experienced estate planning lawyer can walk you through each step of the process and give you peace of mind for the future. Where challenges arise, our litigators work to counsel and resolve disputes in compliance with your directives.

Whitfield & Eddy estate planning attorneys assist you with probate matters and represent you in trust administration. Estate planning may seem overwhelming, however, we work with you to navigate this planning with confidence and protect your family and assets.

What Planning, Estate and Trust Services Do We Offer

A complete estate plan provides a roadmap to your family and beneficiaries for the management and distribution of your wealth and assets after your death. Our process is more comprehensive than just making a will—estate plans take into consideration the different types of assets you may own and the most efficient manner to pass those to the next generation while achieving your estate planning goals.  Our attorneys understand the nuances and potential pitfalls of this process as well as lawsuits that may arise, so you can have complete peace of mind. 

Whether you are planning your estate distribution or need assistance with probate or trust administration and litigation, Whitfield & Eddy can help. After a death, we work with fiduciaries of estates and trusts to ensure the correct distribution of assets and pay debts, taxes and other expenses.

Services our estate planning team provides include: 

  • Identify estate planning goals and objectives
  • Prepare trusts, wills, and powers of attorney
  • Establish and administer guardianships and conservatorships
  • Administer estates and trusts
  • Coordinate sales of assets
  • Oversee business succession planning
  • Litigate challenges

Why Choose Our Trust and Estate Lawyers? 

Whitfield & Eddy is known throughout the Des Moines area and the state of Iowa for our careful attention to detail and thorough execution. When you use our estate planning services, you can feel confident that your assets will be distributed the way you wish. We will provide high-value services and issue easy-to-understand updates to keep you advised on developments in the law. Our attorneys regularly work with client advisors including professionals specializing in accounting, tax, wealth management, and business valuation.

The lawyers at Whitfield & Eddy also provide reliable, clear advice on matters ranging from complex litigation and real estate to business issues. You can retain each of our services as needed to meet all your legal necessities. We have a well-earned reputation within legal circles, as proven by our many accolades in publications including Chambers USA, U.S. News & World Report, and Best Lawyers in America

We regularly work with clients including:

  • Individuals and families, including high-net-worth estates
  • Business Owners and Managers
  • Farmers and agricultural business owners

Even with the best-laid plans, conflict among families can arise based on intent, execution of plans or removal of assets (financial, personal or real property). Our litigators are able to advise and represent individuals and families to resolve disputes involving incapacity, undue influence and pre-death transfers, among others. 

Get in Touch With Our Trust and Estate Attorneys in Des Moines, Iowa

We offer the individualized attention you deserve as our client. Our experienced attorneys can walk you through the estate planning process and help with probate, trust and litigated matters. You can trust us to deliver services you can rely on while planning or carrying out your wishes. 

The right firm. The right fit.

Get in touch with Whitfield & Eddy today to make an appointment for your estate and trust needs. 

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