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Flathead Valley, Montana Wills & Probate Law

Providing high quality legal services at a reasonable price.

You have worked hard to build your estate. Whether you live in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County, your family depends on you to have a complete estate plan. Tom Tornow is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who can help you make sure your loved ones get the full benefit of your hard work.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Will and Probate lawyer?

Your family depends on you to make sure that they are protected when you pass. Wills and Probate must be done correctly to protect your family and your estate. Whether you live in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County, protecting your family is too important to leave to forms from the Internet. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can make sure you and your family have the necessary Will and other estate documents.

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Do I need a Will?

Not everyone needs a Will. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who will not charge you for anything you do not need. If you live in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County, Tom can determine whether there are ways other than a Will, like a Living Trust, to help you avoid Probate.

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Does my Will need to be updated or changed?

Getting married or divorced, having children or grandchildren, moving to Montana, a marriage or divorce of a child are just some of the reasons you may want to update or change your Will. If you live in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County, changes can often be done inexpensively with a Codicil. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can review and change your Will at a reasonable price.

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What is a simple Will?

If you live in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County and want your estate to go to your spouse and children, a simple Will may be all you need. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who will give you a simple Will at a reasonable price.

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Will the government get my estate if I pass without a Will?

Not in Montana. Whether you live in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County, a Will is just one way to make sure your family is protected. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can determine which estate document is best for you and your family.

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What do I need besides a Will?

A Will only takes effect upon your death. With current medical technology, there may be a significant period prior to your death when you may need help with your affairs. Durable Powers of Attorney allow you to appoint someone to handle your financial affairs, care for your children, and make health decisions if the need arises. Living Wills relieve your family of the burden of making end-of-life decisions on your behalf. A Memorandum of Disposition documents your decision on who will inherit important personal items. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who will assist you in making these important decisions to protect you and your family.

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How can I protect my young or disabled child or grandchild?

Young children and grandchildren, and family members with physical, emotional or mental disabilities or who have drug or alcohol problems, need your help after you pass. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can help you make special provisions to protect these family members.

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What if I want to leave my estate to someone other than a spouse?

Many people in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County live as a family with people other than a spouse. Other committed couples, like gays and lesbians, are not legally allowed to marry in Montana. If you are in these relationships, it is important that you take steps to make sure your loved ones can be present in the hospital, handle your financial affairs, care for your children, make your health decisions and inherit your estate. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who is sensitive to these issues and can make sure your loved ones are given the respect and authority they deserve.

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Does my family have to pay my debts when I pass?

Your debts are paid from your assets. Your family in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County does not have to pay any of your debts that cannot be paid from your assets. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can help your family know how to handle your estate when the time comes.

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What is a Living Will?

A Living Will allows you to decide how you will pass. It relieves your family of the burden of making end-of-life decisions during a very difficult time. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who can help you with these important decisions.

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What is a Living Trust?

A Living Trust can help you transfer your assets to your family privately and without Probate or court supervision thereby saving your heirs time and money. A Living Trust is particularly useful if you own real estate outside of Montana or own a business. A Living Trust can avoid the need for a guardian if you become incapacitated. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can determine whether a Living Trust is best for you.

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What is Probate?

Probate is a court process to collect and distribute an estate. There are different types of Probate with different degrees of court involvement. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who will determine whether Probate is required and will minimize the expense and the court's involvement in your family's affairs.

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Can I avoid Probate?

There are ways to avoid or minimize Probate. These steps need to be taken before you pass. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can help you avoid or minimize the expense and burden of Probate.

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What do I do when someone dies?

The first thing to do is determine whether there is a Will and whether Probate is required. If the deceased lived, or owned property, in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell or Flathead County, Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate lawyer who can determine whether Probate is required and help guide you through every step in the process.

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What do I do if I am a Personal Representative?

A Personal Representative is also called an Executor. A Personal Representative is the person appointed to handle the estate. Often, but not always, the Personal Representative is named in the Will. Tom is an experienced Whitefish Will and Probate attorney who can assist the Personal Representative to carry out their duties correctly and efficiently.

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