Estate Planning & Asset Protection

Estate Planning & Asset Protection in Bloomington, IN

At Slotegraaf Niehoff Law, we work with you to understand your values and how best to protect your assets and draft estate planning documents to effectuate your desired outcome. We will work with and encourage collaboration with your other professional advisors during this process.

We commit ourselves to only handling legal matters where we’re experienced so that we can promise the highest level of support for our clients. To maintain this standard of excellence, we deliberately focus on a range of select legal areas. This specialization enables us to continually deliver standout services. As a result, partners across Indiana can confidently rely on our legal team for all their estate planning and asset protection needs.

Our Office Serves Many Indiana Locations

Anyone who requires estate planning assistance in southern Indiana can depend on Slotegraaf Niehoff Law for reliable services. We’re proud to help clients across a wide service area, including the following locations:

What Does an Estate Plan Include?

An estate plan is a comprehensive arrangement for managing your financial affairs and protecting your assets, both during your life and after your death. This process generally includes the creation of various legal documents such as wills, trusts, living wills, and beneficiary designations. It can include business succession planning, charitable giving, simple and complex wills, powers of attorney, HIPAA releases, living wills, delegations of authority, trusts, and tax planning.

Other real estate and business interests are also subject to estate planning. Asset protection, which involves the use of legal strategies to safeguard assets from potential creditor claims, lawsuits, or divorce proceedings, is a key component of an estate plan. One example of these strategies is the use of domestic or offshore asset protection trusts, which can protect a variety of assets, from money and other personal possessions to other real estate and retirement plans.

The Importance of Estate Planning

At some point in everyone’s life, difficult questions need to be answered. Proper estate planning not only puts your mind at ease that you have properly planned for your future but also reduces stress and frustration for your loved ones as they deal with the administration of your estate.

Estate planning should be updated as your life changes. Significant life changes such as marriage, starting a family, divorce, changes to your financial situation, drastic changes in your or your family’s health, and deaths in the family are a good time to revisit your estate plan to ensure it remains relevant and to ensure that your loved ones remain cared for and protected. Slotegraaf Niehoff is here to assist you with your estate planning needs as any of life’s changes arise.

Our estate planning, elder law, and asset protection services include:

A Legal Expert Can Help Your Estate Planning in More Ways Than One

An experienced estate planning attorney can provide essential guidance and expertise throughout the estate planning process. Our professionals understand the complex laws and regulations that govern estate taxes, probate process, homestead exemptions, and much more. For example, we can help you determine how best to transfer assets to avoid tax liability, set up an irrevocable trust to protect your assets from creditors, and make sure your minor children are cared for according to your wishes in case of your death. 

We can also assist with asset protection, for instance, by creating an asset protection trust, a legal document that allows you to transfer assets into the trust where they are protected from creditor claims. In the case of married couples, such trusts can also provide divorce protection. A skilled attorney can advise on the value of assets to be funded into such trusts, including financial accounts, insurance products, and even your personal property. Moreover, estate planning is an ongoing process that requires regular review and updates, so a relationship with an estate planning attorney is beneficial in the long run. 

In addition, financial planners and tax advisors play crucial roles in this process, advising on how best to structure your finances, investment, and income in order to pay minimum taxes, benefit your family members, and maximize the value of your estate for your beneficiaries.

Our Other Legal Services Include:

Family Law


Collaborative Divorce

Business Law and Consulting

For Professional Estate Planning Services, Contact Us Today

Whether you need estate planning services in Bloomington, Monroe, Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Owen, or Morgan counties, IN, the Slotegraaf Niehoff Law Office has your back. When our knowledgeable staff is on your side, you can relax knowing that you have the assistance of qualified attorneys. We value open communication with our clients, which is we’re committed to closely reviewing your needs, paying close attention to your input, and being completely transparent at every stage of the process.

For additional information on our estate planning services and to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us today.