Everyone wants their assets to be passed on to the friends, family, and people they care most about. When it comes to protecting finances and property, people should take no chances by attempting to create legal documents themselves. Florida courts recognize strict rules with respect to wills and estate planning that if not adhered to, may render the documents unenforceable. An unenforceable will means the intent of the deceased will not be honored by the probate court – an outcome we all want to avoid.
An experienced estate planning attorney can make sure that all of your goals are realized. You can have all of your questions answered while making sure that your plan is customized for your specific needs.
Fort Myers Estate Planning Lawyer
Lisbeth Freeman helps clients throughout the greater Fort Myers area with common estate services that include, but are not limited to:
- Wills — A will contains a person’s specific instructions on how he or she wants his or her property distributed. If a person dies without a will in Florida, then his or her property is distributed to a spouse, children, parents, siblings, or other descendants according to intestate succession laws—which may or may not be in accordance with that person’s wishes. In addition, if the required formalities of the will are not met, the will is unenforceable.
- Powers of Attorney — This may be a general power of attorney that gives a chosen representative the authority to do anything that the person would do, a health care power of attorney, medical power of attorney, or durable power of attorney that allows a representative to make medical decisions if the person making the will becomes incapacitated, or a limited power of attorney that gives a representative power only for a specified time frame.
- Trusts — These documents may include revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, or living trusts that allow a person to designate who will be responsible for assets in the event that the person dies or become incapacitated.
- Guardianships — Also known as conservatorships, these are established to ensure that a trusted person is legally recognized to help care for a person in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated. A guardianship needs to be completed through the court system.
Get Estate Planning Help in Lee County
If you or a loved one is seeking professional legal help with estate planning needs, Lisbeth Freeman can discuss your options with you and help you make informed choices. She helps clients all over Lee County and surrounding areas of Southwest Florida.
While the legal status of Florida same-sex couples is unclear at this time, Lisbeth Freeman has the knowledge and understanding to help LGBT couples and individuals ensure that their legal rights are protected with proper estate planning. You can contact Lisbeth Freeman Law PLLC today to schedule a free consultation to let her develop a plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
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