Estate Planning Attorney | Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, Helena, Kalispell & Bozeman, MT

So What Really is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is more than just protecting and preserving your assets, it’s more than just wills and trusts. It’s taking your values and parenting wisdom, and making them timeless. It’s protecting your heirs both financially and emotionally. There’s a myth that estate planning and trusts are only for the rich, that is so untrue. Sometimes simple and affordable acts can have thoughtful effects, rippling for multiple generations to follow. And regardless of our wealth, we all want to prevent fracturing our family’s relationships due to disagreements and misunderstandings caused by an ambiguous wills, trusts, or lack thereof.

Often people think only of a will when they think of estate planning and forget there may come a time in their lives when they are no longer able to care for themselves or their spouse. Preparing for the future, also includes looking at potential disabilities and how those costs will be paid, as well as, who you trust to administer your estate and who can legally make decisionsfor you in the event that you become unable to make those decisions yourself.

No one likes to think of their own death or incapacity and as a result we procrastinate. As a Montana estate lawyer I cannot urge you enough to plan ahead. Having a well-thought out estate plan will prevent your family from having to deal with the cost, trouble, and heartache of the court system and allow you to maintain your personal dignity and independence for as long as possible. There are ways to spare your family undue burdens, with the use of trusts and incapacity documents such as powers of attorney and living wills.

We can also arrange for the administration of your estate to happen in a private proceeding, not a public proceeding such as probate. This way, what you choose to leave behind and to whom, remains private. Finally, we can make sure that all of this happens in an affordable, trouble-free way so that your wishes and values are honored, and so that your gifts and your life is remembered and respected…that is our firm’s definition of estate planning.

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  • I was very pleased with the services provided by the Montana Elder Law, for creating an estate plan. Mr. Darty is very well versed in estate law and he was excellent in explaining things. I have recommended Mr. Darty to many people and will continue to use his services in the future, as needed. Suzanne N.
  • Working with Steve has been both educational and enjoyable. His intelligence, expertise, and humor are refreshing. His professional assessments are 'spot-on.' I look forward to working with him on future financial projects.
    Jane M.
  • Steve put together a full estate plan for my wife and I that makes plans for our children, their care, possessions and last requests. We would recommend that everyone have a will at least, and a full estate plan if you can.
    Justin H.
  • Very professional and knowledgeable. Explained things well and was a great help. Highly recommend Montana Elder Law. Thomas S.
  • Steve gets things done! He's very organized and cares deeply about each of his clients. Highly recommend!
    Makenzi H.
  • Steve was helpful in guiding me through sticky situation with another lawyer in Kalispell who was representing (actually misrepresenting) a family member. I've never met him but worked with him long distance.
    Laurie P.
  • Great personalized one on one service. Caring and professional.
    Edward B.
  • Absolutely recommend this firm. Steve Darty works by himself and it is a very comfortable arrangement.
    Jane H.
  • Steve has been wonderful to work with. Very responsive and accommodating!
    Marissa B.
  • Steve is professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
    Drew R.
  • Helpful and knowledgeable, recommended! Lisa S.
  • Steve Darty is what the Law profession was originally meant to be. He is busy, as are all great professionals; but when with him, he makes you feel as if you are his only client.
    Jesse P.
  • Mr. Darty was knowledgeable helpful patient and understanding. He took the time necessary to help me devise a plan that seems thorough and thoughtful. He was available and responsive. I recommend him without any reservations!
    Michael S.
  • We were very impressed with the time Steve spent with us. He was very thorough and informative. He gave us different options that were particular to our personal situation. We never felt rushed.
    Janet S.