ATTORNEY

MICHAEL CORNETT

(501) 580-9804

In Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Cornett Law Firm is a boutique law firm practicing exclusively in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, and post-mortem trust administration.

ESTATE PLANNING

For estate-planning matters I will meet with you to discuss your current estate plan, the problems I see, and the solutions so that your estate can be handled both during your lifetime and after your death as you wish. I will then prepare the appropriate documents to meet your goals and solve any problems as best as possible. If you desire to have a trust, I will also work with you to ensure that your trust is fully funded so that it operates the way we designed it to work, both during your lifetime and after your death.

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PROBATE

For probate matters, I will meet with you and your family to learn what problems you are encountering after the passing of your loved one and, if necessary, I will serve as your guide through the maze that is the Arkansas probate process from the first step until the last. Our goal is that your loved one’s beneficiaries will receive what they intended the beneficiaries to receive as expeditiously as possible, while also protecting the executor or administrator from any liability as your loved one’s estate’s fiduciary.

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POST-MORTEM TRUST ADMINISTRATION

For post-mortem trust administration matters, I will meet with you and your family to learn what problems you are encountering after the passing of your loved one and to serve as your guide through the maze that is the Arkansas Trust Code from the first step until the last. Our goal is that your loved one’s beneficiaries will receive what they intended the beneficiaries to receive as expeditiously as possible, while also protecting the trustee from any liability as your loved one’s estate’s fiduciary.

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WHY CHOOSE THE CORNETT LAW FIRM

KNOWLEDGE

An outstanding attorney has to know the law on the subject matter, which is obtained by taking courses in the areas, attending seminars in the areas, routinely studying the law for changes, and working with more experienced attorneys during their formative years. It is a violation of the Arkansas code of professional ethics for an attorney to accept a matter in an area of the law in which he or she does not know what he or she is doing. For example, I do not accept matters involving bankruptcy law or admiralty law at this time simply because I have insufficient knowledge about those areas. I do, however, have decades of knowledge regarding probate, estate planning, and the relatively recent Arkansas Trust Code of 2005. I would therefore urge you, should you need an attorney for matters involving estate planning, probate, or post-mortem trust administrations, to choose someone who has the knowledge, such as myself, to handle these matters expeditiously and competently.

EXPERIENCE

Having knowledge is of the primary importance but having years of real life experience dealing with clients who have estate-planning questions or who have suffered a death in their family and knowing what questions to ask is invaluable; also, having been in court and knowing what judges really expect from the attorney is something that is not taught in books.

COMPASSION & PATIENCE

An outstanding attorney needs compassion and patience in dealing with clients, especially those who have experienced a death in the family, because the family members are often in shock and bewildered as to what needs to be done next. Often the surviving spouse is in such a state of grief that he or she is not thinking as well as they normally would and can be taken advantage of by strangers or even family members. The client may ask the same questions of the attorney many times—the attorney must have patience and cannot get frustrated when this happens.

ETHICS

An outstanding attorney must not only know the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct but have a strong sense of the duty to obey the ethics in any area of the law in which he or she practices, but especially in dealing with estate-planning and post-mortem matters. The surviving spouse is often in such a state of grief that he or she is not thinking as well as they normally would and can be taken advantage of, not only by strangers or even family members but by the attorney handling the matter. In estate planning matters, the attorney also cannot favor one member of a couple over another. The attorney should also not draft documents which favor the attorney over family members, which seem obvious but which has occurred. I believe that the attorney must treat all of the beneficiaries of a probate estate or a trust as fairly as possible and protect their due process rights, even while representing the executor, administrator, or trustee, and the attorney must do his or her best to ensure that the executor, administrator, or trustee follows the laws imposed on fiduciaries.

CLIENTS

In my thirty plus years of experience as an attorney, I have worked with hundreds of clients. To understand how I can help and what you can expect when working together, select an option below.

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(501) 580-9804

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