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Kühn Law is a boutique law firm providing clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with assistance finding solutions to their legal issues in an efficient and highly personalized manner. Our offices are located in Fall River, Massachusetts and East Greenwich, Rhode Island. At Kühn Law, our clients' needs and wishes are of paramount importance and remain the focal point of our representation at all times. Kühn Law is a modern law firm with all of the technological research, communication and administrative tools to provide exceptional service to our clients. Contact Kühn Law today to find out how a results-driven, patient and professional law firm can help you. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
Estate Planning and administration in Massachusetts and Rhode island
At Kühn Law, we understand that planning for the future is a thoughtful and essential process. Our dedicated team of experienced estate planning professionals is here to guide you through the intricate journey of securing your legacy with precision and care.
Why Choose Kühn Law for Your Estate Planning Needs?
Experience You Can Trust: With years of experience, our team brings a wealth of knowledge in estate planning, providing smart bespoke solutions for each of our clients.
Personalized Solutions: We recognize that every individual and family is unique. Kühn Law is committed to crafting customized estate plans tailored to your specific goals, ensuring your plan reflects your values.
Comprehensive Services: From wills and trusts to probate and asset protection, Kühn Law offers a full spectrum of estate planning services. Our holistic approach ensures all aspects of your financial and personal affairs are meticulously addressed.
Accessible Guidance: Navigating the complexities of estate planning can be overwhelming. Our team is dedicated to providing clear, accessible guidance, demystifying the process and empowering you to make informed decisions.
Client-Centric Approach: At Kuhn Law, our clients come first. We prioritize open communication, transparency, and a commitment to understanding your unique needs, fostering a relationship built on trust and respect.
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Understanding Probate and Its Challenges
Probate is the legal process through which a deceased person's assets are distributed to heirs and beneficiaries. While it's a crucial mechanism for settling estates, it can be time-consuming, expensive, and subject to public record. In Massachusetts, most probate matters must remain open for at least one year after the date of death of the decedent in order to allow creditors to establish claims against the estate. Rhode Island has a six month statute of limitations for creditor claims which begins on the date of qualification of the fiduciary (the Personal Representative / Administrator. The delays and costs associated with probate often lead individuals to seek alternatives to protect their assets and ensure a smoother transition of their property to their intended beneficiaries.
The Revocable Trust Advantage
A revocable trust, also known as a living trust, empowers you to retain control over your assets during your lifetime while facilitating a seamless transfer of those assets upon your passing. Here's how it works:
1. Avoidance of Probate:
By placing your assets into a revocable trust, you effectively remove them from the probate process. This allows for a faster and more private distribution of your estate.
2. Flexibility and Control:
The term "revocable" implies that you can modify or revoke the trust at any time during your lifetime. This flexibility ensures that you retain control over your assets and can adapt your estate plan to changing circumstances.
3. Privacy Protection:
Unlike probate, which is a public process, a revocable trust is a private document. This means that details of your trust, specifically the distribution of assets, remain confidential (generally) and are not exposed to public scrutiny. Generally, the only publicly available information concerning a Revocable Trust is a Certificate or Memorandum of Trust which evidences the existence of the Trust, the initial Trustee, and the successor Trustees.
4. Reduced Costs and Delays:
Probate often incurs significant court fees and legal expenses. By avoiding probate through a revocable trust, you can potentially reduce these costs, ensuring that more of your assets go directly to your beneficiaries.
5. Your Trust Can Be an Effective "Guardianship Avoidance Mechanism":
Revocable Trusts are generally established by a Settlor (the person who provides the property), to be managed by a Trustee, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of the Trust that you set forth. Generally, you would serve as the Settlor, initial Trustee and lifetime Beneficiary of the Trust. In the event of your incapacitation or inability to serve as Trustee, your successor Trustee can step into your shoes for the purposes of managing the Trust for your benefit during your lifetime. This feature of a Revocable Trust, in conjunction with a properly drafted Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney can help eliminate the necessity to seek a guardianship / conservatorship someday.
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Experience and Results
At Kühn Law, our firm concentrates on the following types of cases. Click to learn more:
Powers of Attorney
Health Care Proxies
Land and Boundary Disputes
Probate of Estates & Guardianship
In addition to Attorney Kühn's work in private practice, Attorney Kühn is an adjunct faculty member of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island teaching the class Media Law & Ethics. Attorney Kühn is also a member of the board of Communities for People, Inc.
The Law Office of Richard E. Kühn, III services all of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
What To Expect When You Have Been Charged With A Crime in Rhode Island
By Richard Kuhn III; www.AttorneyKuhn.com
So, you have been charged with a criminal offense; maybe it was driving on a suspended license, maybe it was assault, possession of a controlled substance, or otherwise. If you have never been in trouble with the law before, you are probably a nervous wreck, your mind reeling with the possibilities of what may happen to you when you attend your first court date.
Moving On: Issues Presented When a Parent Wishes to Relocate with the Minor Child, but Without Their Ex.
Issues surrounding the care of children who's parents have parted ways can be daunting, emotionally, and factually complex. In the State of Rhode Island, where travel to and from our neighboring states is easily accomplished in less than a couple of hours from anywhere within the state, questions regarding relocation often come up in custody proceedings. This article is intended to be a discussion of relevant law bearing on the issues of relocation, custody, and the "best interest" factors and considerations utilized in Rhode Island Family Court proceedings. This article is not intended to, nor should it be relied on to provide legal advice for your particular case; you should consult with an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction for advice on your particular case.