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Practice Areas

Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney
Basic wills, wills with testamentary trusts, pour over wills to independently created trusts, disinheritance provisions, guardianship provisions for disabled adult children and spouses, minor children, temporary caregiver authorizations for minor children, limited powers of attorney, comprehensive durable powers of attorney, revocable trusts, living trusts, and irrevocable trusts for avoidance of probate, reduction or avoidance of estate taxes, asset protection, and charitable income and estate tax deductions

Trusts and Estates

Trust administration, estate administration and settlement, fiduciary services, fiduciary income taxes, estate tax returns, accountings, representation of trustees, executors, and administrators, representation of beneficiaries, heirs, limited assistance representation available

Elder Law

Wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills, medicaid planning, medicaid long-term care benefits applications, fair hearings, guardianships and conservatorships, representation of guardians, protected persons and heirs, estate planning and asset protection and preservation, transfers of the home and other assets, life estate deeds, limited assistance representation available
Probate Administration
Petitions for probate of will,  estate administration, guardianship and conservatorship, accountings, estate settlement, opposition to and  removal of executors, administrators, trustees, guardians and conservators, representation of executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, conservators, heirs, beneficiaries, legatees and devisees, limited assistance representation availableDivorce
Contested divorces,  uncontested no fault divorces, petitions for modification, review of negotiated and mediated separation agreements, preparation of separation agreements, motions for temporary orders for custody, support, etc , restraining orders, limited assistance representation available

Mediation Services

Attorney Peterson provides private mediation services for issues involving individuals, their families and businesses, including divorce and family law, child custody, estate an probate issues, family disagreements, elder law issues and family/closely held business issues.Contested Wills
Representation of will proponents as well as opponents, named executors and disinherited heirs and other parties, competing wills, settlement negotiations and agreements, limited assistance representation availableEstate Planning
Estate and income tax issues, asset structuring, probate avoidance techniques, long term care concerns, gifts, gift tax returns,  wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, asset transfers with retained interests, homestead declarations, succession of interests, trust management of assets in the future for minors, persons with disabilities, adult beneficiaries in need of protection, spouses under qualified terminable interest trusts for estate tax purposes

Estate Planning for the Elderly
Wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, healthcare proxies and living wills, Medicaid long-term care benefits planning, Medicaid long-term care benefits applications, planning to avoid probate, asset protection and preservation, spousal protections from Medicaid liens, transfers of the home and other assets, life estate deeds, homestead declarations, protected transfers of home to spouse, live-in adult children and others.

Representation of heirs for will contests, opposition to appointment of executor, administrator or trustee, removal of executor, administrator or trustee, demands for accountings, contested accountings, monitoring and/or review of estate or trust administration, limited assistance representation available

Postmarital Agreements
Negotiation and preparation of spousal post marital agreements, review of agreements prepared by others, counseling and advice

Premarital Agreements
Negotiation and preparation of spousal prenuptial agreements, review of agreements prepared by others, counseling and advice

Probate Litigation
Representation of any party relative to petitions for probate of will, administration of intestate estate, guardianship, conservatorship, will contests, opposition to appointment of executor, administrator, trustee, guardian, or conservator, removal of an executor, administrator, trustee, guardian, or conservator,  petitions for accountings, contested accountings, petitions for instructions and declaratory relief, equity petitions, restraining orders, partition of land

Real Estate Sales
We will work with you either with or without a broker; pre-sale legal audit of potential issues, review of offers, preparation of purchase and sale agreements and review of those prepared by others, contract monitoring of contingencies and performance issues and ongoing negotiations through closing, preparation of deeds, representation at closing, confirmation of mortgage and other lien payoff requirements, closing procedures for payment. We can also stand in for you at closing pursuant to limited power of attorney.

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