In life we prepare for everything. Marriage, children, college and retirement. Despite the conversations we have for these important milestones, rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.
Talking is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare for the death of someone you love.
Planning well in advance will help safeguard a loved one's well-being and your peace of mind. As difficult as it may be, the planning starts with an incredibly important conversation about what your loved one wants at the end of their life.
Where do you begin when it comes to planning for the end? Watch this short video to find out more about this important milestone.
Do you worry about an aging parent or loved one living by themselves?
If you have a parent or loved one transitioning into this stage of life, it is important to take the necessary steps that will ensure you have legal authority to make decisions if this person becomes unable to make their own decisions.
If you fail to plan properly you could find yourself at the mercy of the courts to grant a conservatorship.
With proper planning, there are ways to avoid a conservatorship. Powers of attorney, living trusts, advanced health directives, and other estate planning tools can give a chosen family member legal authority to act on behalf of the aging or incapacitated loved one.
Before it's too late, let us help you and your loved one develop a plan.
Here in Florida, probate proceedings can be long, costly, and confusing. It's no wonder so many people take steps to spare their families the hassle.
So what can you initially expect from the probate process?
The primary objective in probate is to make sure creditors have been paid. Once all of the debts have been paid, the remaining assets are allocated to the appropriate legal beneficiaries.
There are three major obstacles with the probate process. Time, money and privacy. Probate proceedings are very costly, and the entire process can take anywhere from 8 months to several years. Lastly and most importantly the entire proceeding is public record.
Watch this short video to learn how our firm can help you and your family avoid the dreaded probate process.
If you have been named a personal representative in a will, you probably have quite a few questions and concerns.
When a loved one passes away, you are bombarded with the responsibility of making funeral arrangements, and important financial decisions. While you are grieving the loss of your loved one, these responsibilities are overwhelming.
So, what exactly does being a personal representative of a will entail?
Being a personal representative isn't easy. You will have some difficult tasks to perform and important decisions to make. With so much going on in such a short period of time, it is challenging to make sure the legal issues are properly taken care of.