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Our Estate Planning and Guardianship Division is committed to providing strong and competent legal representation on all matters related to estate planning, trusts, probate, and guardianship. Our firm understands the delicate nature surrounding these particular matters and incorporates a unique, hands on approach, directly involved with the client to ensure that each matter is treated with the utmost attention to detail and compassion. Hand in hand with its entertainment practice division, our Estate and Guardianship Division helps structure high net worth estates with regards to royalties, entertainment income revenue streams, and general assets for protection and family planning.
Estate plans are comprised of a comprehensive set of documents and tools that detail the assets and property that make up your estate. These estate planning tools protect your estate and your wishes in the event of your incapacitation or death.
As each individual has their own unique set of circumstances and goals they wish to accomplish, it is imperative to meet with an experienced attorney who can create a comprehensive estate plan that is tailored-fit to your specific wishes. An estate plan can include an array of documents and designations, including wills, trusts, lady bird deeds, advance health care directives (living wills), pre-need guardianships, and medical and financial powers of attorney. A properly drafted estate plan should protect the client during his or her life and ensure that his or her assets are properly distributed after their passing.
A Trust is a fiduciary agreement that allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trusts can be designed in many ways and tailor-fit to exactly how and when the assets pass to the beneficiaries. A trust may be drafted with specific terms that will allow you to control your wealth during your lifetime, protect your legacy from your heirs’ creditors, and have property distributed without the publicity or cost of probate administration.
A Florida Designation of Healthcare Surrogate enables you to designate a person to make medical decisions for you when you are otherwise unable to speak for yourself.
Last Will and Testament
A Last Will and Testament is a writing, signed by the decedent and witnesses, that meets the requirements of Florida law. In a will, the decedent can name the beneficiaries whom the decedent wants to receive the decedent’s probate assets. The decedent also can designate a personal representative (Florida’s term for an executor) to administer the probate estate.
A Living Will is an advanced directive regarding end-of-life treatment that memorializes your wishes concerning end of life care, such as whether you would like to receive life support if you are in a persistent vegetative state, terminal condition or end stage condition.
In Florida, Probate is the court-supervised administration of a decedent’s estate. The Court appoints a personal representative to identify and gather the assets of a deceased person, pay the deceased individual’s debts, and distribute all assets to the beneficiaries according to the decedent’s Last Will and Testament or Florida’s intestacy law.
Durable Power of Attorney
A Durable Power of Attorney is a document that gives another person (your “agent) the ability to access to your accounts and make financial decisions on your behalf. The Durable Power of Attorney stays in affect even after a determination of incapacity and is often used as a tool to avoid the need for a guardianship.
Guardianship is a legal proceeding in which the Court determines that a person is incapacitated and delegates his or her legal rights to another person known as a guardian.
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