Your Will

Why do I need a will?

Many people do not believe they need an Estate Plan; especially if their assets are modest or they do not believe they are in the stage of life where estate planning is yet necessary.

Everyone needs an estate plan. Your Florida Will is an essential part of your estate plan. Your will is a written legal document that specifies how and to whom you want your assets distributed after you are gone.  We will listen carefully to your goals and circumstances and will suggest the best methods for structuring your Will.

While estate law is often complicated, we strive to make the process straightforward, so you can be certain that you’ve made the appropriate arrangements for yourself and your family.   We will work with you to decide what plan is right for you.

If you die without a Will (intestate), the State of Florida determines how your assets get divided, and who your beneficiaries will be. A judge then decides who handles the administration of your estate.  Click here for information on Florida Intestacy law.

For those with minor children, a Will is the only way to appoint a guardian for your child in the event of your death.

Protecting your Family and your Future

Trust the planning of your estate with Andrea L. Jakob, PA, servicing clients throughout South Florida.  Our firm offers personalized services that meets the individual needs and goals of each client.  We will help you develop the plan that best protects your assets and your family’s future while maintaining family privacy and keeping control of your wishes

If you’re like most people, you’ll want to plan so that the State doesn’t make these important decisions for you!

Can I prepare my own will? I want to do it myself.

Wills must conform to Florida law and must clearly and unambiguously reflect your wishes. While it may be tempting to use do-it-yourself forms, remember that a Last Will and Testament is just that — it’s the last thing you’ll do. If a mistake is discovered after your death, you don’t get a second chance to make things right! This is not an area in which to be penny-wise and pound foolish.

Schedule a consultation at our law office to discuss your:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Living Will
  • Designation of Health Care Surrogate
  • Health Care Advanced Directives
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Probate Avoidance Strategies
  • Disability Protection
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Probate Estate Administration
  • Probate Summary Administration
  • Florida Trust Administration

 

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The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Wills

What is a Living Will?

Probate in Florida

Take a look at this interesting current example of what happens when a superstar dies without a will: Superstar Prince- Super Battle over his Estate