Estate Planning Lawyer
Life is filled with unknowns. Ensure that your loved ones are cared for during every situation. At the Mason Law Firm in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, our estate planning lawyers work with clients of all ages. We are committed to working toward an efficient and orderly transfer of property. Our estate planning attorneys provide clients with services related to wills, trusts and advance directives. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about your legal options.
Meeting With Our Estate Planning Attorney
After you pass away, what happens to your property and loved ones? Have your final wishes heard by meeting with an estate planning attorney.
Why is a will important? It provides for the administration of property through the probate process, and directs disposition of assets after the payment of your debts and expenses of administration. A will specifically provides for gifts, creates trusts, names a guardian to care for your minor children and names persons to administer your estate (the Personal Representative) and trusts (the Trustees).
Choose Advance Care Directives
Estate planning should also include documentation related to your future medical care. What would happen if you are no longer able to make decisions related to your health? From severe illness to injury, a number of things can occur that would render you unable to make decisions regarding your health. In these situations, having an advanced care directive in place can save your family from having to make a difficult decision. You can designate a health care surrogate, who can act on your behalf if you become unable to make medical decisions yourself.
What Is a Living Trust?
Florida law allows many types of trusts. Generally, property that you transfer to the living trust during your lifetime will avoid probate upon your death. A Trust Agreement contains provisions governing the disposition of your property. A Trust provides for gifts, can create additional trusts, names successor trustees, and sets forth your instructions to the trustees.
A Durable Power of Attorney
A power of attorney grants another person the right to act on your behalf, as if you were present and acting, with respect to your assets and your property rights. The power you grant can be limited to only specific authorized acts or can authorize authority over everything.