Trusts and Estates Lawyers Serving Hamden and East Haven
Respected Connecticut firm develops comprehensive plans for clients
Working with a seasoned trusts and estates lawyer gives you the opportunity to develop unique solutions to the challenges facing you and your family. Located in East Haven and Hamden, the attorneys at Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. draft various legal instruments so that Connecticut clients can prepare effectively for the future. Whether your specific needs include asset protection, business succession terms, gifting strategy or documents relating to incapacity planning, we will develop a program tailored to your circumstances and goals. From straightforward wills to complex tax minimization programs, you can count on us to provide knowledgeable advice on all of your trusts and estates concerns.
Attorneys create trusts to meet the needs of individuals and families
Though sometimes associated with the wealthy, trusts offer potential benefits to individuals and families in all income groups. Our knowledgeable estate planning attorneys give Connecticut clients useful information and support regarding:
- Trust creation — After evaluating a client’s needs, we explain how establishing a legal entity to hold assets might help them. Some seek to reduce their tax liability by shifting funds and other property into a trust, while others use a trust to maintain their eligibility for Medicaid or other types of benefits. Unlike a will, a trust can give its creators some control over how assets they leave to loved ones are used. Whatever you’re looking to accomplish with a trust, we’ll see that it is prepared properly and includes clear instructions for the trustee.
- Living trusts — People who are looking to spare their loved ones the delay and cost associated with the probate process can move their assets into a living trust. This is a revocable instrument that can be modified and that allows you to access your assets whenever you wish. Upon your death, the remaining property goes directly to beneficiaries you designate. When you choose to create an estate plan, our lawyers can develop a living trust that complements a will you draft to address assets not included within the trust.
- Trust disputes — Trustees have a fiduciary duty to act in accordance with the terms outlined in the trust document. Should a dispute arise over the trustee’s compliance with the given instructions or the validity of the trust itself, we work diligently to resolve the matter efficiently and in our clients’ favor.
Whatever you intend to achieve with your trust, you can rely on our firm to provide high-level assistance on the development and administration of these legal instruments.
Knowledgeable advisers draft thorough, legally enforceable wills
Even when someone creates a comprehensive trust, an enforceable will is still necessary to distribute property that might not have been transferred to the trust. In certain instances, a person might not be aware of property that they own. By creating a legal last will and testament, our firm ensures that individuals and families have a full estate planning program that addresses reasonable contingencies and allocates assets in exactly the manner that our clients intend.
Firm develops living wills so people can control the treatment they receive
When someone is suffering from a terminal medical condition, it might be too late to for them to communicate what type of life-prolonging measures they want to be used. This can trigger tremendous confusion and stress for loved ones at an already difficult time. To avoid ambiguity, our firm drafts living wills to address end-of-life treatment as well as advance healthcare directives that appoint a trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf should you be incapacitated due to injury or illness.
Contact an accomplished Connecticut trusts and estates lawyer
Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. works with Connecticut clients and their families on various legal matters relating to trusts and estates. Please call 203-745-0942 or contact us online to schedule an appointment in Hamden or East Haven.