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Using a Gun Trust to Pass on Firearms

When properly prepared and executed by a knowledgeable legal team, a gun trust is extremely beneficial to those that own firearms. It provides a safe, responsible method for transferring your firearms to your heirs without fear of criminal liability, future government regulation or the threat of confiscation due to divorce, lawsuits or bankruptcy.

This specialized trust is specifically designed to hold ownership of firearms and can help executors avoid violating criminal gun laws.

There is a multitude of benefits from creating a legal gun trust that includes:

  1. The ability to transmit firearms to future generations
  2. Allows for multiple trustees that can last for more than one generation
  3. Provides for the prevention of felonies and fines for the executor of the estate
  4. Avoids probate upon death
  5. Privacy is enhanced since the firearm passes on to the beneficiaries outside of the probate process and the trust property will not be listed in the public probate court records
  6. In a gun trust, the transfer of the firearm to any beneficiary of the estate may be made on a tax-exempt basis

Gun trusts have more than doubled in the last four years, according to the New York Times to more than 39,000 just five years ago.

Experience Counts

As a founding member of GunDocx Lawyers, the Voeller Law Firm is uniquely qualified to guide you through a gun trust. We will carefully navigate the process of putting pen to paper so you can eventually pass on a firearm with careful planning and consideration and avoid stiff penalties and fines.

Our San Antonio-based attorneys will develop a gun trust that allows for owning and transferring firearms in a way that will ensure you or your loved ones don’t end up inadvertently being accused of committing a felony.

By providing gun trusts that are highly recognized and accepted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), we are able to provide a fast and streamlined method to owning National Firearms Act (NFA) regulated firearms.

To learn more call us today to schedule a free consultation at (210) 651-3851 or log onto http://www.voellerlaw.com.

Protecting Future Generations

It is simply the most important thing you can do for the care of your family. It affects current and future generations and too often it is ignored.

“It” is estate planning. And studies show that 55% of Americans die without a will or estate plan, leaving their family members with unresolved financial, legal and emotional issues.

Myths and Truths

A common misconception is that estate planning is only for the extremely wealthy. But whether you have a mansion or rent an apartment, everyone has an “estate.” An estate is simply all your property, including bank accounts, vehicles, household goods and life insurance.

If you want your assets to go to a family member, you need estate planning.

If you want to ensure your children are properly looked after when you pass away, you need estate planning.

Quite simply, estate planning is actually lifetime planning.

Essential Tools: Wills, Living Wills, and Trusts

Estate planning involves a multitude of options.

A can help make the transition after a loss as painless as possible for your loved ones. It provides a written roadmap that allows you to express your financial wishes once you’re gone.

A living will expresses your health care preferences while you’re still alive, even if you become unable to communicate your wishes due to illness or incapacitation.

Trusts are another estate planning tool you can use to manage your property and avoid tax burdens. There are a number of different types of trusts serving a wide range of functions. For example, an asset protection trust is designed to protect a person’s assets from future creditors. A charitable trust, on the other hand, is used to benefit a particular charity or cause.

There is no need to be overwhelmed. The expert estate planning attorneys at Voeller Law Firm will work closely with you and your family to craft the optimum strategy for your property and possessions.

For over 35 years we have been preserving family wealth for future generations in the San Antonio and neighboring communities. We realize that proper estate planning is one of the greatest acts of love you can perform for your family.

Whether you decide on a will, a trust, or other legal document, we can provide personal attention and guidance. Laws for estate planning are always changing in Texas. Let us assist you in protecting your assets and legacy. Call our expert legal team at (210) 651-3851 to set up a free consultation.

The Law as We Age

There are basic estate planning considerations and documents every senior citizen ought to have reviewed and completed to help manage their estate when they pass away. Unfortunately, most older adults in San Antonio are not aware of these strategies. That is where a qualified Elder Law Attorney can help.

Many senior citizens in Texas rely on the combination of benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Combining these in a way that they don’t conflict with one another is extremely complicated. Without any help, most people have a high risk of making costly mistakes which may affect their lifestyle.

There are a number of benefits to hiring an elder law attorney:

  1. Navigate Available Benefits
    Elder law attorneys are familiar with the public benefits that may pay for long-term care and senior housing such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits. These attorneys are also well versed in powers of attorneys, living wills, reverse mortgages and especially Medicaid planning. The process of qualifying for Medicaid to pay for the cost of long-term care is challenging. At the Voeller Law Firm, we are experienced Medicaid planning attorneys and provide comprehensive guidance in elder law.
  2. Provide Skillful Planning
    Lawyers who have expertise with maturing adults help protect seniors. They work to inform clients about the need to plan for long-term care needs. These legal experts develop strategies to handle such items as medical decisions and financial responsibility while protecting savings.
  3. Protect Assets
    Hiring a legal professional who understands the language of the law can help you or your loved one move forward in the right direction. At Voeller Law Firm, we are usually able to help married couples save up to 100% of their assets, and still get one spouse qualified for Medicaid. For single individuals, we can generally save their primary residence and about 55% of their liquid assets.
  4. Mediate Impartially
    Attorneys often work with families who are not on the same page about what is best for their elder family members in the areas of financial expenditures, living situations, and medical treatments. A lawyer can act as a mediator and problem-solver.

The Scope of the Law

Elder law issues go beyond the typical estate-planning issues,” stated James Voeller, an attorney with 35 years’ experience in these types of legal matters. “Our lawyers who focus on this area can help deal with long-term care planning, advance healthcare planning, guardianship issues, and more.”

Pre-planning and crisis planning are essential for maximum security as we age. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (210) 651-3851 or log onto http://www.voellerlaw.com to learn more.