Skilled Florida Trusts and Estates Attorneys Protect Clients’ Assets
Broward County law firm offers a full range of estate planning services
As a recognized trusts and estates leader, the Law Offices of Larry F. Witte, P.A. helps create secure futures for Florida families. Our lawyers draw on more than three decades of combined experience to provide a diverse group of clients with a comprehensive array of estate planning services, including help with wills and trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare surrogate designations, and living wills. From our office in Lighthouse Point, we work diligently to safeguard our clients’ assets and avoid the complications that can occur when final instructions are not explicitly and accurately recorded. We will make the process easy for you and identify creative solutions that you might not have considered in ensuring your estate and loved ones are protected.
Lighthouse Point attorneys advise on will preparation and drafting
A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your minor children, and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. Our firm assists with each aspect of will preparation and execution, including:
- Drafting — We have the experience and knowledge to create a document that not only meets legal standards, but also addresses your unique concerns regarding issues such as tax consequences and charitable bequests.
- Probate — Our firm advises personal representatives and executors so that they can carry out their legal duties efficiently. Whether you are handling a small estate or one with numerous complex assets, we will help you avoid unnecessary delay and expense as you fulfill the decedent’s wishes.
- Revisions — People who have prepared a will often neglect to make important updates that reflect changes in relationships and finances. If you have not reviewed your will recently, we can work with you to determine whether your instructions are current and ensure that appropriate revisions are made.
If you die without a will, the court determines under Florida laws of intestacy how your property is distributed, who cares for your children, and even what happens to your beloved pet. It is always better to ensure your wishes are specified legally in a valid will so that the state does not determine what happens to your property and loved ones when you pass.
Knowledgeable advisers create living trusts to simplify property transfers
Depending on your specific situation, a living trust might be an appropriate device to shift your assets legally while maintaining use of them for the rest of your life. Some trusts can ensure that your intended beneficiaries obtain the property that you wish to leave to them without having to go through the probate process. There may also be tax benefits. Our personalized approach to estate planning means that we can devise a trust tailored to your preferences.
Trustworthy counselors establish legal guardianships for children
|Your will allows you to make decisions about the future care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. Without a legal guardianship document, the people who care for your children will be determined by the court. To protect your children and your values, we will help you draft clear legal instructions. You can also make arrangements in your will for the care of your pets.|
Contact a dedicated Florida trusts and estates attorney for a consultation
The Law Offices of Larry F. Witte, P.A. advises Florida clients on a full range of estate planning matters, including wills, trusts and guardianships. Please call 954-919-2438 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Lighthouse Point office.