It is never too late to create an estate plan. Avoiding these important proactive steps creates uncertainty in the lives of surviving family members. Conversely, creating a will or trust puts your wishes in writing and provides your loved one’s peace of mind.
Drafting estate planning documents is only the beginning of what we can do for you at Koukol & Johnson LLC. Our lawyers can also develop creative strategies to protect your financial security and minimize the tax implications that come with distributing assets.
During your initial consultation, we identify your specific wealth preservation and tax planning goals. Spending time to get to know you allows us to customize your estate planning documents with attention to every detail.
Regardless of the size or complexity of your estate plan, we provide practical advice and draft the necessary documents. We can also facilitate probate and non-probate transfers after death.
Our full range of estate planning and probate services includes:
● Wills directing the distribution of your property
● Living trusts, charitable trusts and special needs trusts to transfer assets and minimize probate expenses and estate taxes
● Living wills, durable powers of attorney and health care directives when you are unable to make medical and financial decisions
● Guardianships and conservatorships for children and vulnerable adults
● Probate and estate administration
● Probate litigation, including will contests and trust disputes
Do-it-yourself and online options exist for home buying and selling. While you may think you are saving money by printing and filling out forms, the process is much more complicated. Cost-efficiency is often temporary as legal issues over the title and other matters require the need for legal counsel.
At Koukol & Johnson LLC, we provide a full range of cost-effective real estate services in all phases of real estate transactions from lawyers possessing experience and unique insight. Call us to see how we can help you complete your real estate transaction.
We represent buyers and sellers in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions. On behalf of business property owners, we can draft and negotiate rental leases. Landlords dealing with nonpaying tenants need help with evictions, rent collection and secure possession of the premises. We do it all!
One of largest challenges in any type of real estate transaction involves title work. Attention to detail is vital to determine the chain of a commercial or residential property’s title and related insurance claims.
At our Omaha law office, we have an associate on staff with insight that comes from 10 years of experience in title opinions and litigation.
Additional areas of our comprehensive real estate practice include:
● Real estate developments and sub-developments
● City/municipal planning and zoning
● Board of adjustment proceedings
● Property tax appeals over valuation
We also represent financial institutions in foreclosure proceedings, specifically claims of notification and other disputes. While the rights of the property owner need protection, the rights of the financial institution that financed the mortgage require an equal level of advocacy. With decades of financial institution experience, we can help creditors of all types protect their interests.
A family member unable to make responsible financial or personal decisions often requires legal protections that come with guardianships and conservatorships. These important roles represent bonds of trust as they manage the affairs of minors and adults who cannot care for themselves.
At Koukol & Johnson LLC, our attorneys are committed to helping the legal system work for you when decisions must be made about the care of a loved one. Fewer responsibilities are more sacred than the protection of minor children and vulnerable adults. You want to ensure that the individual you select can be trusted to focus on their best interests.
Appointing a guardian, conservator or someone to serve in both capacities is one of the most emotionally charged aspects of estate planning. The role represents a high level of legal responsibility and a strong bond of personal trust. Simply stated, it represents one of your most important decisions.
While other relatives may dispute your choice, our job is to work with you and your loved ones to put the well-being of a family member first.
Starting the process of divorce mediation, real estate purchases or estate planning requires attention to every detail. Throughout the entire process, we remain at your side and devote our resources to ensure your personal or professional success.