Estate Planning

Estate Planning

"There are things an experienced estate planning attorney can guide you through that a computer can’t."
Wall Street Journal

An estate plan provides an orderly process for handling your affairs in the event of your incapacity or death.  Estate planning involves preparing documents such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney to help ensure that upon your incapacity or death, your property will be distributed to the persons you wish to benefit.

Most Americans do no estate planning, allowing their home state to dictate to whom their hard-earned money and property will be distributed at death.  And of those who do plan, many do so without legal help, often leading to unexpected or disastrous consequences.  Since male family members die first eighty per cent of the time, it is women, in many cases, who are left to deal with the aftermath of non-existent or failed estate plans.

Law Offices of H.J. Little has special expertise and experience helping families arrange for the smooth transition of their property upon incapacity or death. Further, we take great care in addressing the special planning needs of clients adversely impacted by the death of a spouse, divorce, and the responsibilities of caring for young children or elderly loved ones in the wake of a sudden death.

Our firm provides comprehensive estate planning services that enable you to gift your property to whom you want, when you want. We coordinate your assets and property with your disposition desires, taking into account the value and type of your assets, how your property is titled, your existing beneficiary designations, your family composition, and other critical factors affecting property disposition.  Our services extend beyond mere document preparation; we assist you in implementing your plan after you have signed your legal documents, by helping with title changes to your property and with updating and modifying your plan to be sure it reflects your wishes as you move through different stages of your life.

Contact us today to for help in designing and implementing an estate plan to leave your property to whom you want when you want.

Elder Law

Elder Law

"Caregivers estimate that $8,000 in out-of-pocket costs can be avoided through planning for long-term care."

Elder Law encompasses planning to prepare for the consequences of declining health, such as incapacity, long-term care and nursing home admission.  Failing to plan for aging and infirmity negatively impacts clients as well as their families.   The family caregiver often make the greatest sacrifice:  surrendering his or her livelihood, depleting savings and college funds, and risking his or her health to support a loved one suffering through illness or injury.

Our firm will help you plan ahead so you and your loved ones can avoid such dire consequences.

Our Elder Law Practice focuses on helping aging clients and those with special needs structure their resources to provide optimal support through sudden or extended injury, illness or incapacity.

Our Elder Law Services include:

  • Long-term Care and Disability Planning;
  • Planning for Medicaid Qualification & Nursing Home Admission;
  • Special Needs Trusts;
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships; and
  • assistance with Veterans Benefits.

Put yourself and your family first by calling us today to help you plan for the consequences of aging.

Business Transactions

Business Transactions

"The time to hook up with a good business lawyer is before you are sued."

Many small businesses put off hiring a lawyer until the sheriff is standing at the door serving them with a summons. By then the damage has been done and the cost of legal help will be substantial. The better approach is to hire legal counsel early in the business life cycle so that trouble can be avoided.

Law Offices of H.J. Little delivers the vital legal assistance that every business needs. Our firm supports every aspect of your business from inception through sale or dissolution. We also serve as a reliable referral source for other professionals your business needs, such as CPAs and insurance experts.

Business Formation/Corporate Structure

We help to establish, change or restructure your form of business organization. We also assist with issuing shares, preparing resolutions, trade-name and tax filings, and other post-formation matters.

Commercial Contracts and Private Agreements

Our firm has expertise and success in crafting comprehensive, clearly-written agreements that accurately reflect your deal terms and adequately protect your company’s interests in transactions covering the spectrum of commercial activity. And since we use our knowledge and experience as seasoned commercial litigators in preparing and negotiating your company’s contracts, our agreements are far more likely to withstand judicial scrutiny than boilerplate contracts obtained from the office supply store or the Internet.

General Counsel Services

Our general counsel services enable you to receive ongoing legal advice responsive to everyday needs from trusted advisers who know your business. In addition to delivering comprehensive transactional support, we also provide an annual legal audit of your business and litigation management services to help you resolve business disputes. If needed, we will select and oversee trial counsel in ongoing litigation.

Our firm stands ready to serve as your trusted business advisor. Contact us today.