Full Services From an Estate Planning Lawyer
Life is filled with unknowns. Ensure that your loved ones are cared for during every situation with services from The Mason Law Firm. At our local firm in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, our estate planning lawyers work with clients of all ages looking for top service options. We are committed to working with you to plan for an efficient and orderly transfer of property upon death. Our estate planning attorneys provide clients with services related to wills, trusts, living wills, and other options. 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 for your wills and trusts.
Why is a will important? It provides for the administration of property through the probate process, and directs disposition of whatever remains after the payment of your debts, expenses of administration, and estate taxes. A will specifically provides for gifts, creates trusts, names a guardian to care for your minor children, names persons to administer your estate (the Personal Representative) and any trusts (the Trustees), and sets forth your instructions to those persons.
Choose Advance Care Directives
Estate planning should also include language and 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 advanced care directive in place can save your family from having to make a difficult decision. One such document, also referred to as a living will, allows you to specify what actions, if any, should be taken for your health. You are also free to 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 the need for probate upon your death. A Trust Agreement contains provisions governing the disposition of your property upon your death. 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 be board which can authorize authority over everything.