Estate and probate issues are among the more personal and impactful issues one can face. And unlike our other practice areas, the certainty of death is something all of our clients (and non-clients) share. Making appropriate plans to ensure the transfer of one’s material legacy can be essential not only to present peace of mind, but to effectively carry on one’s wishes beyond their own mortality.

Comprehensive Estate and Succession Planning

Anyone who has children, or owns a home or vacation or investment property, owns or operates a business, or is preparing to retire should have an estate plan in place to protect their loved ones as well as what they have worked to achieve. Appropriate estate planning can help to minimize or eliminate estate taxes, facilitate the transfer of assets, allow for the management of assets in a time of disability or incompetency. In addition, appropriate planning can provide for medical assistance and decision-making about critical health care issues during times of calm as opposed to the anxiety of making such decisions in the hallway of a hospital during a crisis.

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Lavigne offers comprehensive services to help individuals, couples, families and businesses achieve their goals, provide for appropriate succession planning, and address the critical issues that nobody real feels all that comfortable discussing in a cost efficient, comprehensive, and legally effective yet moral way.

Litigation Specialists Protecting you in Probate Court

Despite the best intentions of parties, sometimes their estate plans are not clear, or are being contested by their heirs. In those instances we draw on our extensive litigation background to offer comprehensive probate litigation services to achieve our clients’ objectives. We have had the opportunity to serve local individuals, families, and numerous out-of-state residents in both contested and uncontested probate litigation matters.

We have a long track record of achieving successful results for clients in all areas of estate planning and probate litigation. Because of the inherently private and personal nature of these representations, we honor and respect our clients by not publicizing those achievements. However, we strive to build on this record of success and to continue to serve clients in need of assistance in the following areas:


Areas of Practice

Advance Directives for Healthcare
Asset protection
Charitable giving
Credit shelter provisions
Durable Powers of Attorney for health care
Durable Powers of Attorney for property management
Inheritance issues
Irrevocable trusts
Living Wills
Patient Advocate Designations
Pour over wills
Power of Attorney
Probate administration
Probate litigation
Revocable trusts
Strategic planning
Succession planning
Trust administration

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