When making plans for your family, you need an estate plan that has been properly drafted and takes into consideration all potential issues that may arise. Attorney Sarah Miller offers a complete range of estate planning services, offering knowledge and the resources to effectively handle your immediate and long-term planning needs.

No one wants to think about death and dying. However, estate planning is often just as concerned with protecting the quality of life while you are still alive as it is with protection when you die. For instance, who would make decisions for you should you become incapacitated? We want to make sure that you know your options.

Succession Planning



If you are one of the owners of a family-owned or closely-held business, then succession planning is an area of law that you will surely need guidance in. It is a critical piece of your life and estate plan. For the same reasons that it is important to develop and maintain a life and estate plan it is essential for you (and your fellow owners) to plan your exit strategy from your business well in advance. Without proper planning there can often be unintended and unpleasant consequences. There are many scenarios that may develop when a plan is not in place, such as finding out that you must now deal with a former partner’s ex-wife or his or her not so business-savvy son.  Estate taxes based on the valuation of the company may also come into play with damaging results.

Attorney Sarah Miller can help you purchase or sell all or part of a business. We can also help you structure agreements, often referred to as “buy-sell” agreements, between all the owners of a business to keep any part of the business from falling into the wrong hands.

Estate Planning

Law Offices of Sarah A. Miller
(413) 733-1400
Two Office Locations:
1284 Elm St. West Springfield, MA 01089
75 North Main Street, East Longmeadow 01028

Attorney Sarah A. Miller has two offices in
West Springfield
and
East Longmeadow
, MA and serves clients in and around, West Springfield,
Springfield
,
East Longmeadow
,
Southwick
,
Longmeadow
,
Hampden
,
Wilbraham
,
Westfield
,
Indian Orchard
,
Three Rivers
,
Ludlow
,
Chicopee
,
Monson
,
Holyoke
,
Palmer
,
Thorndike
,
Bondsville
,
South Hadley
,
Granby
,
Wales
,
Brimfield
,
Agawam
,
Belchertown
,
Southampton
,
West Warren
,
Holland
,
Feeding Hills
,
Warren
,
Woronoco
,
Fiskdale
,
Russell
,
West Brookfield
,
Hadley
,
Amherst
,
Sturbridge
,
Berkshire County
,
Franklin County
,
Hampden County
,
Hampshire County
and
Worcester County
.
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Trusts



Every family's circumstances and assets are unique. Our

estate planning

expertise will provide you with

customized solutions

for your needs and goals, including the strategic use of various types of trusts.

We can help establish the trust or trusts most appropriate to your objectives, including

tax minimization

,

probate avoidance

,

creditor protection

,

Medicaid

eligibility and

business succession

. We offer comprehensive estate planning to clients of every income bracket in the

western Massachusetts

area.

Homestead Declaration

Realty trusts

(

nominee trust

)

Special needs

trusts
Contact us today to schedule a

FREE consultation

, (413) 733-1400
Our services include:

Elder Law



Elder law is a broad area of legal practice that addresses the specialized legal concerns of seniors and disabled individuals of all ages. We specialize in helping seniors, disabled individuals and their families protect themselves, their assets, and plan for the future. We will help you navigate complicated government bureaucracies to ensure you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled.

Revocable Trusts



Many of our clients have some form of revocable trust, or "

living trust

," which allows them to add or subtract assets as circumstances change over the years. We work with our clients to fund the revocable trust while they are still living, and also to ensure that any remaining

owned assets

will "pour over" into the trust upon death. The trust serves the same purpose as a will regarding

distribution of assets

to your designated

beneficiaries

, without the time delays, expense and publicity of probate proceedings.

We can also help you with options for eliminating and reducing state and federal

estate taxes

, and can explain all the types and applications of a trust, including:

Medicaid Planning

Asset Protection

Supplemental Needs Trusts

(also known as

Special Needs Trusts

)

Health Care Proxies

,

Advanced Directives

&

Durable Power of Attorney

Wills

&

Trusts

Nursing Home

Resident Rights

Probate

Matters

Life Care

Planning