Administration of Estates
Durable Power of Attorney
Designation of Health Care Surrogates
We provide timely and reasonable legal services, experienced advice and representation to clients in Florida concerning probate, adult guardianship & conservatorship, estate planning, and elder law.
Estate planning provides for the disposition or distribution of assets (e.g., homes, cars, savings, property, etc.) upon death or during life. Estate planning is necessary to ensure your accumulated wealth passes on to the individuals or organizations you choose and to minimize the effect of federal or state taxes on your estate.
A Revocable Living Trust is a document that allows you to hold and manage your assets while you are alive and competent. It also provides for someone to manage your assets should you become incapacitated or die. The Revocable Living Trust avoids probate, the court procedure that occurs at the time of death. Having someone to manage your financial affairs if you are incapacitated avoids a court procedure called a conservatorship.
A Last Will and Testament (or “Will”) names individuals or organizations who should receive your assets when you die. A Will also names a Personal Representative–the person responsible for handling the administration of the estate which includes payment of all taxes, debts and distribution to those entitled to share in the estate. Failure to have a Will means the state of Florida will determine who receives your assets.