The main purpose of an Estate Plan?

News flash - "We're all mortal!"  And, many of us will become incapacitated prior to our passing.  Unfortunately, these realities often do not sink in until they are at our doorstep.  Every good Estate Plan addresses both of these issues.  The key is to assemble your well-stocked Estate Planning 'Toolbox" while your alive and well and not under the stress of major medical issues.

In short, the general purpose of a good Estate Plan (for the vast majority of us) is actually three-fold:  first, to insure that someone you've handpicked is tending to your business when you can't (due to your death or incapacity); second, to provide that someone with estate planning tools custom made for you and your family; and third, to keep those connected to you and all of your assets away from probate.

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Beginning February 21, 2024, I will be beginning the process of closing my law practice to join First Security Bank's Trust Department at their Mountain Home location. From that date forth, I will no longer be accepting new clients or providing existing clients with any ongoing legal counsel. Please know that you may locate another attorney of your choosing by going to

If you are a past estate planning client and would like photocopies of your original documents (the originals should be in your possession and/or control), please contact me as soon as is reasonably practical to make those arrangements. Best methods to contact me are listed below in order of preference:


2. Text 870-405-5245

3. Call 870-405-5245

4. Call 870-424-6337

Although it has been a pleasure practicing law for the last 25 years, I am eager to transfer my estate planning experience to estate administration by serving as a trust officer at First Security Bank. If you find yourself looking for a trustee, I hope you will consider me.

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please know I stand available.


Travis W. Ford