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Planning Your Estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of someone's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it's spread by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may comprise both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows somebody to decide exactly who will profit from their estate, and to what extent. In addition, it can lessen the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death. 

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the quantity of the property surrendered to taxes in addition to make sure that the distribution and management of the estate are completed based on your plans. Especially when your aims are complicated and/or you have substantial property or assets, it's necessary to have an lawyer who can make sure your plan functions how you plan. Based upon the complexity of your personal circumstance, your estate planning group might include attorneys, financial planners, bankers, and insurance professionals. Some nations certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for expertise, education, and studying in that field.

When considering if you have to hire an estate planning lawyer, think about this - estate preparation is serious business. 1 wrong word or a single missing touch can alter the entire intent of a trust or will. Besides that, the three reasons listed below should be sufficient to convince you to go out and locate and employ a skilled estate planning lawyer to draft your own estate planning documents.

By way of example, in Florida, a personal representative must either be related to you by blood or marriage or, if not, then a resident of this state. Again and again I see liberally of Florida citizens that designate a friend or lawyer from out of state as the personal representative. This non-resident, non-relatives just can not function, and in reality, will not be allowed to function, in Florida. Working with a skilled estate planning lawyer will allow you to steer clear of this type of simple and costly mistake.

Without an Estate Lawyer, the Buyer Must Beware

With an Estate Lawyer, the Purchaser Must Beware
If you believe you'll be saving a few dollars by using forms found on the internet or within a do-it-yourself book to prepare your own estate planning files, then your family will probably have a rude awakening when they understand that part or all your own will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney isn't legally valid or will not work as you'd anticipated. Thousands of dollars are then going to be spent by your nearest and dearest working with a qualified estate planning attorney after the fact to fix your mistakes.

Our Estate Law Firm Can Help Sort Out Complex Family or Fiscal Situations

Have a Look at your life and your resources to see if you fit into one or more of these categories:

  • You're at a second (or later) marriage
  • You have one or more businesses
  • You have property in more than 1 state
  • You have a disabled relative
  • You have minor children
  • You have problem children
  • You do not have any children
  • You want to leave some or all of your estate to charity
  • You've substantial assets in 401(k)s and/or IRAs
  • You're lately divorced
  • You recently lost a spouse or other household member
  • You have a taxable estate for federal and/or state estate tax purposes

In case one or more of those situations apply to you, then you will want the counseling and advice of an experienced real estate management planning attorney such as Ball Morse Lowe to make your own estate planning documents. Otherwise, it may be a probate attorney and your state's department of earnings and/or the IRS which will receive the largest chunk of your estate.

Different types of Estate Planning Things We Manage

Life Insurance Trusts

A life insurance trust is an irrevocable, non-amendable trust that is both owner and beneficiary of one or more life insurance coverages. Upon the death of the insured, the trustee invests the insurance profits and administers the trust for one or more beneficiaries.


Probate is the judicial procedure whereby a will probably be"established" in a court of law enforcement and approved as a legitimate public record that's the true final testament of the deceased, or where the property is settled.

Trust Administration

Trust government identifies the trustees' management of trust land in line with the confidence document's provisions and also for the sake of their inheritance following the settlor's death. Many measures are expected to safeguard effective government. It's strongly recommended to utilize an lawyer to help ease the procedure for those trustees through the procedure.

Retirement Trusts

An especially designed trust might be called the beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement programs. This cutting-edge tool will supply you and your nearest and dearest with numerous, significant advantages, such as maximization of income tax deferral and wealth accumulation having to do with your retirement programs; minimization of property and generation-skipping taxation; promise of eventual supply to your beneficiaries through many generations; and spendthrift, divorce and lender protection to your beneficiaries.

Wills + Trusts

A testamentary trust (occasionally known as a will trust or trust under a will) is a hope that arises upon the death of the testator, and that can be defined in their will. A will contain more than just one testamentary trust and might handle all or any part of the estate.

Special Needs Planning

Families that have a household member with a disability must plan for your future quite attentively. Just how resources are left after your departure may have a huge effect on the quality of life for this individual. Before, a Will might have been sufficient, but times have changed. To guard a individual who has specific needs, a property program is essential.

Charitable Planning

Charitable planning is the fashion by that you are going to encourage the cause or charity which means something to you. You can achieve it by producing periodic, or yearly gifts, during your life. It is also possible to look ahead into the near future, to a time when you might not have the ability to earn these presents yourself but still wish to have the ability to support the causes that you care about. The latter contemplates charitable preparation inside your own estate planning to ensure that your charities are encouraged even in the case of your incapacity or death.

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Why Call Ball Morse Lowe?

While we have built a respected reputation over the decades for providing sophisticated counsel in complex oil, gas, and energy law matters, business law cases and transactions, we also take pride in assisting individuals and families with their legal concerns. Personable and responsive, our lawyers craft matter documents and develop strategies tailored to each client's unique goals and needs.

Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC, is committed to providing excellent service and sound solutions to our clients in a cost-effective manner. From our law firms in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Denver, our attorneys provide services throughout the Oklahoma City and Denver Metros and in other states, including Texas, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Colorado, California, and New Mexico.

Attorneys With Experience & Resources That Work For You

Ball Morse Lowe is a recognized law firm that serves clients across Oklahoma and Denver.

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling a wide range of practice areas, including estate planning, family law, litigation, real estate, oil, gas and energy, business & commercial, and much more.

Our firm is devoted to providing each client with all the resources of a large firm but with the individualized attention of a small practice. Unlike many other firms, we have the ability to conduct investigations, hire expert witnesses, and utilize cutting-edge technology to help you build the strongest case possible.

The lawyers at Ball Morse Lowe can help you seek what's needed in your case. Our team is standing by to assist you, so call us at (405) 701-5355 to get started with a free consultation with our client intake team.




Our Team of Highly Skilled Attorneys Can Help

Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC, serves businesses and individuals throughout Oklahoma. As a full-service law firm, we provide legal solutions in matters involving oil and gas law, estate planning, family law and personal injury. You can depend on Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC, for sound advice, sensible solutions and vigorous representation.

Call Ball Morse Lowe today at (405) 701-5355 to receive your 100% free consultation with our client intake team.

What Our Clients Say

John C.


Great advocacy, and excellent at keeping client informed about options.

Sarah C.


Jennifer assisted us in making a trust, and all of the additional documents that go with it – advanced directives, powers of attorney, etc. She was professional, knowledgeable, cheerful, personable. We are very happy with our association and look forward to doing business with them in the future!

Theresa H.


I enjoyed meeting and talking with Mr. Bottomly. He was easy to talk to, and I left feeling confident that should I end up needing legal assistance, working with Mr. Bottomly would be a positive experience. Thank you.

Don H.


Quality attorneys representing my wife and me in a difficult situation. Always responsive, professional and advanced the clients best interests. Always had direct access to our attorney. Thanks so much.
Don and Kay Holladay


Technically A Director

I recently needed advice regarding a property matter. I was able to make an appoinment in a timely manner and received the help I needed. Mr. Morse not only had the specialized knowledge necessary to guide my decision, he and his staff were kind and considerate. 

Carolyn T.


I have used Ball Morse Lowe for both business and personal reasons. Parker Lowe handles my oil and gas issues and Bow Bottomly recently represented me in divorce proceedings. The staff has always been very helpful and even though I am not a big client, they never make you feel that way.

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