The attorneys at Raised to Protect Law are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to assist you with planning for the future, handling the affairs of a loved one that has passed away, and representing your interests in court if a dispute arises regarding an inheritance or the administration of an estate or trust.
Effective estate planning involves more than simply drafting a will stating who you want to receive your assets after you pass away. It also allows you to control who is in charge of taking care of your financial, personal, and medical affairs should you become incapacitated or unable to handle such affairs on your own while you are alive.
While it is not always easy to think about these issues, it is of vital importance for you and your family to consider crafting an estate plan that is tailored to your specific situation and needs. The absence of a proper estate plan means these important decisions will not be controlled by you and will instead be made as dictated by Florida law, which will most likely lead to an outcome that you did not anticipate or desire.
The estate planning tools we commonly use are:
• Last Will and Testament
• Durable Power of Attorney
• Advance Health Care Directive
• Living Will
• Pre-Need Guardian Designation for Minor Children
• Revocable Living Trusts
• Other Types of Trusts
We will analyze your unique set of circumstances and goals, inform you of what your options are, and craft an estate plan tailored to meet your needs. Our goal is to give you peace of mind that your affairs are in order and will ultimately be handled according to your wishes.
PROBATE AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION:
Probate is a legal term describing the court-supervised process used for the administration of a deceased person’s estate, which typically involves:
• Verifying the deceased person’s Last Will and Testament (if they had one)
• Appointing a Personal Representative to handle the estate’s administration
• Identifying and gathering the deceased person’s property and assets
• Ensuring the deceased person’s outstanding debts and taxes are paid
• Distributing the remaining property and assets to the estate’s heirs/beneficiaries
We will help you understand and navigate the complex and confusing probate and estate administration process to ensure that everything is handled properly according to Florida law, and are committed to making sure everything is handled as smoothly as possible for you and your loved ones. We are equipped to handle a broad range of probate and estate administration matters, ranging from small and simple estates with a single bank account to large and complex estates with a significant amount of property and assets.
PROBATE, ESTATE, AND TRUST LITIGATION:
Should any problems or issues arise during the probate or trust administration process, we are experienced in helping our clients work out a settlement of the dispute outside of the courtroom or litigating such matters in the courtroom if it becomes necessary. Such problems typically involve the following issues:
• Undue influence
• Lack of mental capacity
• Breach of fiduciary duty
• Authenticity of a will or trust
• Beneficiary disputes
• Contested accountings
• Creditors’ claims
We understand and appreciate the complex legal, financial, and emotional issues involved when these types of disputes arise, and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to ensure that your rights and interests are fully protected.