Your last will and testament is a legal document that dictates what should be done with your assets and property after your death. A professionally prepared last will and testament can make all the difference between a quick, easy probate process and a long, stressful one. Your family and friends will be working through the grief and shock of the loss of a loved one, so the last thing anyone needs on their plate is a long period of confusion and uncertainty. This is why working with an experienced wills and testaments attorney on your last will and testament is beneficial.
Preparing your last will and testament can be a sensitive subject to navigate, though ensuring you are prepared in advance is vital. It is recommended anyone over the age of 18 have a will prepared with professional help. The board-certified team at Fighter Law is ready to help with a steady and knowledgeable hand. We can ensure that you and your family are taken care of for years to come.
A last will and testament is vital when it comes time to distribute all of your assets and property. Your will can cover various aspects of your final wishes, including an executor, guardianship for your children, and planned inheritance. Additionally, crafting a will with the help of a wills and testaments attorney will allow for you comfortably do the following:
One of the most commonly identified aspects of a last will and testament is the ability to choose your inheritance and specify care. This includes your spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, and friends. Your wills and testaments attorney will work with you to identify your wishes and distribute and divide your assets accordingly.
Having a will does not mean your friends and family get to avoid the probate process. Having a will can, however, make the process much quicker and easier. A professionally prepared last will and testament will explicitly and clearly state all the specific designations you wish to make with no room for interpretation by the court.
A will is a probate document and must be admitted to the court to be effective. Having your last will and testament ready and air-tight will allow for your friends and family to dodge the unnecessary stress and confusion commonly associated with the probate process, especially when a will has not been prepared.
In addition to loved ones, you are also able to use your will as a way to identify businesses or nonprofit organizations you want to give your assets to. This is commonly referred to as a legacy gift, and it can be in the form of a sum of money, an item, or a percentage of your total estate.
For a nonprofit organization, you will need their EIN, which is a nine-digit identification number specific to each individual nonprofit. It is likely that the specific organization you wish to work with will be able to help with any questions regarding needs or any other necessary steps.
Separate but equally important documents, it is vital you have both a last will and a living will. A last will covers your estate and what to do with it after you have passed away. On the other hand, a living will acts as your power of attorney when you are incapacitated and cannot make major health-related decisions.
If you have been in an accident or had a medical emergency that has left you alive but unable to make major decisions, your living will is the reference point for any future decisions. It will act as consent for any future medical decisions or treatments.
Preparing a last will and testament in Florida is not something that necessarily requires the assistance of a wills and testaments lawyer, though it is highly recommended. For one, if there are any inconsistencies or mistakes made during the preparation of the last will, you leave your loved ones at the risk of misconstrued information.
A Florida last will and testament lawyer will help to ensure this does not happen to you or your loved ones. At Fighter Law, you are not just hiring a wills and testaments attorney to prepare your documents and disappear. Our people-first approach includes your entire family, which involves us ensuring the probate process is as painless as humanly possible. Additionally, we will help you adjust and revise your last will every few years to ensure everything is kept up to date.
At Fighter Law, we take pride in being able to say we help our clients and their families by ensuring their wills and other estate planning documents are drafted in accordance with their wishes, as well as the state of Florida’s statutes and provisions. We do everything in our power to make this sensitive process as easy as possible for all involved parties.
The probate process is an expensive, lengthy, emotional, and stressful time for your family members. Probate cases can become complex, only adding to the grief and expenses of what is already a very difficult situation. Our number one goal is our client’s well-being. If you have any questions about your last will and testament or the estate planning process, please give us a call at (407) 344-4837 or use our online contact form. All initial consultations are free.
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