The most important issue to address with any estate plan is...

The most important issue to address and question to answer with any estate plan is this – “Who will be in charge of my business when I can’t tend to it?”


Your ‘go to’ person needs to be someone:  1) you trust unequivocally; 2) who is not easily swayed by those around them to do something not in line with your best interests (there will likely be someone trying to drag them off into the weeds); and 3) who, preferably, has no money problems of their own, such that they’d be tempted to mishandle your monies. 


You can have the best estate planning docs… and the best plan on paper, BUT if you put the wrong person in charge of the paper, things won’t go very well.

Final thought - If there is no individual(s) who fits the bill, may I suggest a Trust Department at a local bank - perhaps a bank you already use.

Call 870.424.6337 or

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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