Estate Planning & Administration

Wills | Powers of Attorney | Health Care Powers of Attorney
Estate Administration | Probate
Asset Distribution | Tax Reporting
Estate Litigation Including:
Caveats, Will Contests, & Special Proceedings
Trusts and Trust Administration | Guardianships

Estate planning involves not only the making of a Will or creation of a Trust, but also Durable Powers of Attorney for management of your financial affairs and Healthcare Powers of Attorney that provide health directives and name a person or persons to address and manage your medical needs in the event of you become incapacitated.

Attorneys David W. Bailey, Jr. and Kelly J. Austin head up our estate planning teams. They listen to your needs and concerns and develop the best plan for you, your family and when needed, your business. Each estate is assigned a legal team that is experienced and dedicated to your matter and will maintain in close contact with you throughout the process.

We also provide sound advice and counsel on tax planning and gifting so you can accomplish your financial and charitable objectives through calculated gifts and donations. We have extensive knowledge and experience about charitable remainder trusts which offer continuing periodic payments as well as immediate tax benefits.

We are a key component of a team of professionals that will help develop the estate planning you desire. With your approval, we will communicate with your financial advisor and tax accountant or CPA to insure all parties are working in tandem to fulfill your wishes and mitigate tax liability and prolonged probate.

The loss of a loved one is overwhelming. We understand difficult decisions need to be made when you are grieving. We can help with all the details – from assistance with funeral arrangements to settlement of the estate. Our estate administration team will provide you with personal, confidential and experienced service in all aspects of probate law including; qualification of the personal representative before the Clerk of Court, collection of assets, payment of debts, distribution to heirs, and required accountings.

We also offer assistance on pending health insurance and Medicare claims, life insurance claims, and the decedent’s final income tax return completed by our in-house tax preparer. We are here for you with trustworthy advice and guidance.

Through strategic partnerships, we successful managing estate liquidations and auctions of personal property and real estate.
With a full range of additional related services, including elder care, management and accounting of power of attorney accounts and trusts, guardianship, partition proceedings, and estate litigation and contests, Bailey & Thomas provides you with a helping hand every step of the way.