Probate Attorneys | Hudson, Pasco County, Florida

Probate Attorneys | Hudson, Pasco County, Florida

Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys

Estate Planning is the process of setting forth how you would like your last wishes to be accomplished. Estate Planning typically utilizes documents, such as Wills and Trusts, to eliminate uncertainties in the administration of a probated estate and to maximize the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses. Whether you have few or substantial assets, your Last Will and Testament will distribute your assets according to your wishes. Additionally, you can designate a guardian for minor children and beneficiaries who are incapacitated. You may also specify final arrangements, such as whether to be buried or cremated. More sophisticated estate plans may even cover deferring or decreasing estate taxes and dissolution of business interests. This type of advanced planning can help to reduce the anxiety and stress to your loved ones during their time of grief.

 

In addition to a Last Will and Testament, you may also want to consider executing an Advance Directive. Many people do not think they need to worry about an Advance Directive until it’s too late. By the time they realize the importance of these documents, they either cannot adequately communicate their wishes or lack the competency to do so. Advance Directives allow your loved ones to care for you if you are ever sick or incapacitated and may eliminate the need for a costly, court-supervised guardianship.

If you are in need of Estate Planning or need assistance with administering a Probate Estate, please contact us today.

Last Will & Testament

A Will is your directions to the court on how your property should be distributed upon your death. If you do not execute a Will, Florida has legislation in place which dictates who will receive your assets. Executing a Will allows you to control who receives your assets after your death. Be prepared. Plan today.

Revocable Trusts

A Revocable Trust is a useful tool in avoiding probate and helping to avoid the necessity of a guardianship in the event of your incapacity. Revocable Trusts (sometimes referred to as Living Trusts) work by transferring all of your assets into the Trust, thereby avoiding the necessity of probate in the event of your death.

In addition to maintaining control of your assets during your lifetime, a Living Trust allows you to appoint a Successor to act on your behalf in the event you are determined to be incapacitated. A Living Trust also sets forth your directions for distribution of your assets upon your death. We can help you determine if a Revocable Trust would meet your Estate Planning needs.

Revocable Trusts

A Revocable Trust is a useful tool in avoiding probate and helping to avoid the necessity of a guardianship in the event of your incapacity. Revocable Trusts (sometimes referred to as Living Trusts) work by transferring all of your assets into the Trust, thereby avoiding the necessity of probate in the event of your death.

In addition to maintaining control of your assets during your lifetime, a Living Trust allows you to appoint a Successor to act on your behalf in the event you are determined to be incapacitated. A Living Trust also sets forth your directions for distribution of your assets upon your death. We can help you determine if a Revocable Trust would meet your Estate Planning needs.

Living Will

A Living Will allows you to choose whether you wish to have your life artificially prolonged in the event you have a terminal condition, an end-stage condition or are in a persistent vegetative state. A Living Will should not be confused with a Last Will & Testament, which appoints a Personal Representative for the distribution of property after death. We can advise and help you through making these types of decisions.

Health Care Surrogate Designation

Probably the single most important document you can have is a Health Care Surrogate Designation. This document allows you to appoint an individual to be authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Let us help prepare yours.

Health Care Surrogate Designation

Probably the single most important document you can have is a Health Care Surrogate Designation. This document allows you to appoint an individual to be authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make your own medical decisions. Let us help prepare yours.

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA is the Federal Privacy Act that restricts the ability of health care professionals to discuss an individual’s medical care and/or condition with anyone other than the individual being treated. By executing a HIPAA Release, you authorize the release of medical information to individuals you have chosen.

Probate and Estate Administration

When an individual dies owning assets in his or her individual name, the assets must go through Probate to be properly distributed to the individual’s heirs or beneficiaries. If the you have a valid Will, it will be admitted into the Probate Court and will serve as directions for the administration and distribution of your assets. If you do not have a Will, Florida law will govern the distribution of your assets through Probate proceeding. We are knowledgeable with these proceedings and can help you with your Estate Administration needs.

Probate and Estate Administration

When an individual dies owning assets in his or her individual name, the assets must go through Probate to be properly distributed to the individual’s heirs or beneficiaries. If the you have a valid Will, it will be admitted into the Probate Court and will serve as directions for the administration and distribution of your assets. If you do not have a Will, Florida law will govern the distribution of your assets through Probate proceeding. We are knowledgeable with these proceedings and can help you with your Estate Administration needs.