Experienced Missoula attorneys offer legal support for legacy planning and administration
Five Valleys Law, P.L.L.C. in Missoula, Montana develops personalized solutions for our clients' legal matters. You can rely on us for your estate planning and probate administration needs, and we can assist you with drafting a living will or other advance directive. We can also help you establish a guardianship or conservatorship to help you protect a loved one.
Skilled law firm handles estate planning needs
Estate planning is a sensitive issue. Our lawyers encourage you to share your concerns so we can develop plans that make you feel confident about the future of your assets and your loved ones. We can help with:
- Drafting a will
- Designating a personal representative or executor
- Choosing a guardian for minor children
- Creating or modifying a living trust
- Developing advance directives
Our experienced attorneys can also help you develop a will that can streamline probate administration for your loved ones.
Knowledgeable probate lawyers focus on results
Whether you are planning ahead for your own heirs, or you are an heir or personal representative, our lawyers can help. Probate is the process by which a will is recognized as valid or not, a personal representative is appointed, and the estate is settled by distributing property as directed by the decedent or state law. Whenever possible, we facilitate the informal probate procedure, which accelerates the process. if a lengthier formal proceeding is needed because of a dispute, we will steadfastly represent you.
Empathetic attorneys advise on guardianship cases
Under Montana law, the court may appoint a guardian for an individual who has been found incapacitated to make decisions for them and oversee their personal care. In addition, a legal guardian may be designated for a minor child. At Five Valleys Law, P.L.L.C., our guardianship attorneys explain the case in a clear, straightforward manner. We serve as effective legal advocates who prioritize the best interests of our clients.
Thoughtful legal guidance on living wills
Our estate planning lawyers can work one-on-one with you to develop a living will. This legal document specifies whether you desire life-prolonging support in the event there is no hope of recovery. For example, under the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, Montana residents may refuse life-sustaining medical care, or you may select a designee to make this decision on your behalf. Our attorneys will explain your options carefully so you can make informed decisions about this important matter.
Accomplished litigators manage probate and will disputes
Emotions can run high with will-related disputes. Heirs may contest the validity of a will, such as by alleging that it was signed by coercion or while the testator lacked the appropriate mental capacity to do so. We handle all types of estate-related disputes, including those involving:
- Will validity
- Interpretation of wills and trusts
- Trust modification
- Breach of fiduciary duty
During a will dispute, you'll be glad to have our firm's reliable guidance and representation.