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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cleaning Up A Client's Estate—Literally

Trusts and estates lawyers often develop closer personal ties with clients than lawyers in other specialties.  A recent episode dramatically illustrates how close.

It began when a lawyer received a call from the son of a client.  The client had passed away and his son had sifted through his late father's possessions, taking the ones he valued.  However, the son lived and worked abroad and needed to return there.  Would it be possible, he asked, for the lawyer to dispose of the rest of his father's possessions so that his father's house could be sold?

The lawyer, who provides legal services for over 100 families and oversees $50 million in assets, didn't refuse.  Instead, she found volunteers to help and they went through the fully furnished home.  She called nonprofit organizations and asked if she could donate the appliances and furniture.  She personally rented a truck and delivered the items to the nonprofit organizations and needy families.  

The recipients were grateful for the donations and her client was grateful that she had been able to distribute the items in a charitable way.  What's more, the client was able to deduct the charitable donations on his father’s final tax return.  

This episode is an unusual one, but the personal relationship between lawyer and client can often take both down surprising paths.  Estate planners often help clients at all stages of their lives, and trust and estate administration and estate planning involves much more than just taxes and probate.

With offices located in Little Rock, Conway and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, the attorneys at Hyden, Miron & Foster, PLLC have a long history of providing clients with expert personal and professional service in tax law, trust and estate administration, and estate planning.  Call us at (501) 376-8222 for a consultation.

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