Godfrey Will and Trust Lawyers

Wood River Living Trust Attorneys

At the Godfrey law firm of Farrell, Hamilton & Julian, P.C., we help clients prepare for the future by creating wills and establishing trusts. We customize each estate plan to meet the needs of clients and work toward their individual goals. To begin customizing your estate plan, contact a wills and trusts lawyer from our firm.

Wills

A will is a legal document that establishes an individual's wishes for the administration of his or her estate after death. A will is a completely customizable document that can address a variety of specific issues:

  • Designate property distribution
  • Designate beneficiaries
  • Name guardians of minor children

A will is the most basic component of an estate plan. It can be customized to address the specific requirements and wishes of the individual it represents. Our firm can help you create an effective will, and explain additional ways in which to build your estate plan.

Trusts

When a trust is established, it becomes its own legal entity, gaining control of any property assigned to it. When property is held in a trust, it bypasses the process of probate. It offers additional protections by minimizing estate taxes and keeping assets out of creditors' hands. Specific types of trusts include:

  • Revocable trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Living trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Special needs trusts

In addition to helping clients establish trusts, we also assist in the trust administration process. We work closely with trustees to inventory assets, prepare tax documents, distribute assets, and otherwise finalize the administration process.

Contact Us

Our firm assists clients in creating simple wills, complex wills, and a variety of trusts to build an estate plan. Contact a wills and trusts attorney or call 618-208-0263. Centrally located in the St. Louis Metro East area, we offer convenient appointment times.