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.  We will work with you to decide what plan is right for you.  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.

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.

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

If you’re like most people, you’ll want to plan so that the state doesn’t make these important decisions for you!  Click here for more information: About our Firm

Who will look after my children?

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

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.


The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Wills

What is a Living Will?

Probate in Florida

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