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Estate Planning Attorney for Elkhart, Goshen, Mishawaka, South Bend, LaGrange County and surrounding areas

Many people find it difficult to confront their own mortality and plan for the future financial stability of their loved ones. During these challenging times, it is wise to have a thorough  attorney guiding you through your tough decisions.

At the law office of Paul D. Eash, we work extensively with our clients to determine what their needs are, what their goals are and what documents should be drafted to protect their needs and goals. Our clients rely on our firm to be thorough, detailed and realistic throughout. We pride ourselves on tailoring the estate plan to provide the maximum amount of protection and control possible.

  • Wills: Creating a will can be the cornerstone of effective estate planning. A will controls what, when and how much of an inheritance devisees receive. A will is a document that spells out your wished in a very direct manner.
  • Revocable Living Trusts: For some individuals, the Living Trust can be the single most important tool they'll ever need. A Living Trust is a legal document that allows you to gather all of your significant property into one (1) place and assign a Trustee, usually yourself or a trusted individual. During your lifetime, you maintain complete control of the Trust and the assets held in the Trust, and also retain the use of any income and principal from the assets. You are free to transfer assets in or out, or to change any details of the Trust at any time.

    Why do people find the Living Trust so appealing? The Living Trust allows you to transfer control of your assets to a trusted individual or corporation of your choosing should you suddenly become unable to make important decisions regarding your estate. Also, when you die, a Living Trust ensures your Trust assets are quickly and easily distributed to those you choose upon your death, to help your family avoid probate costs. The assets in a Living Trust, at your death, are distributed to whom you direct in your Living Trust, just like a Will. However, before assets can be transferred pursuant to a Will, probate has to be opened and administered in court. Assets owned by a Trust are distributed by the Trustee to the beneficiary(ies) without input from the court. You should supplement your Living Trust with a simple pour-over Will so that assets that have not been titled to your Living Trust during your lifetime are transferred by a probate court to the Living Trust for distribution, according to the direction of the pour-over Will.  

  • Other Trusts: Different types of irrevocable Trusts, including Special Needs Trusts, can offer protection for the continuance of Medicaid and SSI benefits, and can help reduce taxes with certain circumstances.
  • Transfer on death deeds: In Indiana, a property owner can create a transfer on death deed to transfer ownership of real estate to a beneficiary upon the original property owner's death, to avoid probate administration and conserve costs.

Clients count on our firm to work with them to determine the best documents to use throughout the estate planning process. Through an extensive interview, our staff can help decide what steps need to be taken. We will draft detailed, unique and effective documents to fit the needs of our clients.

Contact the Firm

If you have questions regarding estate planning, contact the law office of Paul D. Eash to schedule an appointment. We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are available for home, hospital or nursing home visits when absolutely necessary. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover for payment of most services.