Experienced South Carolina Trusts and Estates Attorneys
Pickens firm offers guidance on the creation and administration of trusts
Many people associate trusts with extremely wealthy individuals and families, but the truth is that these legal instruments serve a variety of functions for people at all income levels. Acker Lambert Hinton P.A. advises clients in Pickens, Greenville, Easley, Clemson and other South Carolina locations regarding the benefits of creating a revocable or irrevocable trust. Whether you’d like to save your loved ones from the probate process, provide financial support for a special-needs family member or you have other objectives, our insightful trusts and estates attorneys can outline potential solutions. We also work with clients who require assistance with trust administration and disputes that arise between trustees and potential beneficiaries.
Knowledgeable lawyers establish living trusts for clients
Living trusts are often major elements in a person’s comprehensive estate planning strategy. The prime reason is that assets in the trust at the time of the grantor’s death pass directly to named beneficiaries, so they don’t have to wait through the probate process. Living trusts are revocable, so you can change the terms or dissolve the trust at any time and can withdraw assets throughout your lifetime. Should you choose to establish a living trust, we will guide you through each step.
Legal counselors develop trusts to meet a wide range of needs
Unlike wills, trusts can help meet certain needs while you’re alive and can also help you control how a beneficiary uses the assets you leave them. For example, you might develop a trust to fund the education of your children or grandchildren. Elderly people or adults who are disabled in some way benefit from a trust that helps pay for their expenses while allowing them to remain eligible for government benefits. Certain types of irrevocable trusts might offer tax benefits if you are concerned that the value of your estate might exceed the statutory exemption level. When you tell us your goals, our attorneys can explain if a trust is the best way to accomplish your objectives.
Effective litigators represent parties in trust disputes
Complaints might arise over the validity of a trust, the performance of the trustee or competing interpretations of trust language. Whenever possible, we look to achieve a successful result for our clients promptly and efficiently. Should trust litigation become necessary, we are skillful advocates who are determined to obtain an outcome that honors the trust creator’s true intentions.
Seasoned attorneys help trustees carry out their legal duties
A trustee is a fiduciary who is responsible for carrying out the terms of a trust faithfully and without regard for their own self-interest. In some cases, handling this responsibility is fairly simple, such as when you are administrating a trust you created yourself or are completing tasks that do not require any subjective determinations. However, instruments that require investment decisions or hinge distributions on a trustee’s judgments could be complicated. We help trustees fulfill their legal obligations and avert problems that could lead to litigation.
Contact a thorough South Carolina trusts and estates firm for a confidential consultation
Acker Lambert Hinton P.A. provides knowledgeable counsel to South Carolina residents on matters relating to trusts and estates. Our office is in Pickens, and we serve clients in Greenville, Easley, Clemson and other locations. To make an appointment for a confidential consultation, please call 864-668-1013 or contact us online.