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Don’t lose your rights because you didn’t contact an attorney in time.

If any of the following pertain to your situation then you may need legal advice. We can help.

  • Are you a beneficiary of a Trust and the Trustee won’t give you your inheritance?
  • Did someone influence your relative to write you out of their will or Trust?
  • Are you one of the 50% of the population who doesn’t have a Will or Trust?
  • Do you want the state to take your assets if you die without a will or Trust?

The state will not take your assets when you die, unless you die without any blood relatives who survive you.  However, if you die without a Will or Trust (i.e. “intestate”), the state where you live is going to decide where your assets go when you die. The courts will then decide who will get your assets, who will administer your estate and who will look after your children.

This could be a disaster for you, especially if  you have a sibling you haven’t spoken to in 20 years;  you dislike your children; they are  involved in drugs; or they handle money poorly.

The state laws do not care about these things.   So you have to care about them.

Practice Areas

Trust & Will Contest

The death of a spouse, relative, or friend  can often bring out the worst in heirs and beneficiaries. Litigation occurs because of conflict among different generations of heirs,


 Assets can be distributed from a Living Trust almost immediately without the necessity of going through the court process of a probate which takes 6 months or longer.

Trust Administration

When the owner of a  Revocable Living Trust dies, and you are named in the Trust as the Surviving or Successor Trustee,

Living Trusts & Wills

 The Revocable Living Trust is a wonderful estate planning  tool which is designed to avoid a probate court proceeding at your death.

Health Care Directives

 The Advance Health Care Directive  (Health Care Power of Attorney) allows you to make decisions as to whether you want life support, 

Powers of Attorney

There are two kinds of Powers of Attorney, one for health care or medical decisions and the other one is for financial decisions which is the Durable Power of Attorney. 

Satisfied Client Stories

As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) The need to refer clients to knowledgeable, reputable estate planning attorneys was an ongoing part of our professional planning. I worked with Candace Ladley for 25 years and found her services to be very professional, timely, and thorough. Clients reported that they enjoyed working with her because she was accessible and committed to their customized needs being met on a timely basis. Should litigation services be needed, Ms. Ladley has years of experience and is a very capable litigation and mediation attorney.


Candace did our trust along with a few unusual request due to our family being blended. She accommadated all our request within the law and explained anything she saw issues with. Thanks for ensuring our lifetime of work will be safe.


My experience was an excellent one. Candace was very thorough and did all the investigative work in a very timely manner. She also did an excellent job on my trust.


Candace is very knowledgeable and a trusted advisor. She is smart, ambitious, and committed to ultimate client satisfaction.


Mrs Ladley has her clients’ best interests at mind. She is thorough, concise, knowledgeable and trustworthy – all the qualities I look for in an attorney. I will continue to utilize Candace Ladley for my legal matters.


Candace represented me in a very bitter and emotional trust dispute.  Her level of professionalism was never compromised, regardless of the diversities.  My questions and concerns were answered promptly and honestly, without sugar-coating of the facts.  That allowed me to determine how I wanted my case to continue.


Candace did a great job on my Estate Planning. She’s an attorney with ethics, honesty and someone you can trust.




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