Hastings, Nebraska Legal Services

Estate Planning

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin

Everyone has an estate plan, even if they don't have anything written down. If you do not have a will, trust, or other estate planning document, then your property at your death will be distributed under default Nebraska law. Each individual's situation is unique, and it is up to you to determine the best method of dealing with your property after you die.

In addition, if you have minor children, one of your primary concerns is determining who will take care of your children after you pass away.

We can assist you with your questions and formulate a straightforward approach for your estate plan. We consider the size and variety of your assets, your family structure, and your goals regarding who should receive your assets when you're gone.

Our office tailors each estate plan to fit the client, and each plan may include:

• Wills
• Trusts
• Joint Tenancy and Life Estate Deeds
• Powers of Attorney
• Beneficiary Designations


Business

When starting a business, one of your first concerns should be forming a solid legal structure to protect your business and personal assets. We work with you to determine how to structure your business in a way that is relatively simple but effective in achieving your goals.

In addition, your business will likely include dealing with contracts. Whether you or the other side drafted the contract, it should benefit both sides. We can negotiate, create, and review contracts for a particular situation, or draft contract templates that you can continually use as your business grows.

Finally, if you decide that you want to sell or dissolve your business, we can help you achieve a fair resolution that meets your goals.

Our business services include work in the follow areas:

• Corporations
• Limited Liability Companies
• Partnerships
• Contracts
• Buy/Sell Agreements


Probate

If a loved one has recently passed away, you may be overwhelmed at having to go through all their assets to determine where they go. You may also be wondering if any taxes are due from their estate. We can help you navigate the complex process and guide you in distributing a deceased loved one’s property according to their estate plan.

Our office handles the following probate matters:

• Probate Estates
• Non-Probate Transfers
• Small Estate Affidavits
• Inheritance Tax Returns


Real Estate Law

Whether buying, selling, or managing real estate, it can be an intimidating and frustrating process. We can provide guidance throughout any real estate transaction. From buying your first house to figuring out what to do with that newly inherited section of farm ground, we can help you every step of the way.

Our real estate practice includes the following areas:

• Purchase Agreements
• Leases
• Easements
• Option Agreements
• Rights of First Refusal
• Landlord/Tenant
• Agricultural Transactions
• Deeds of Trust