At the Law Office of Carla Jones, P.A., we provide astute representation in all aspects of estate planning, probate, and trusts. We believe everyone should plan for end of life issues and we have the skill and knowledge to guide you every step of the way.
Planning for What Happens After You Die
We understand your desire to ensure the people and things you love are cared for after you are gone, and strive to make the estate planning process run as smoothly as possible. Our attorneys will meet with you to find out what it is you wish to accomplish in your plan and advise you on the best way to realize your wishes while minimizing taxes and transfer costs. Having a properly executed estate plan will give you peace of mind, as you have control over what happens to your assets after you are gone.
There are a myriad of legal documents that an estate planning attorney can use to ensure your assets are protected.
- Wills: Typically a will sets forth who you want to be in charge of the distribution of your estate’s assets when you die. It also states who you want to receive certain assets as well as who you wish to care for your minor children. Wills can be simple or complex. Our firm can help you determine what exactly should be addressed in your will.
- Trusts: A trust is a fiduciary relationship in which a third party (a trustee) holds assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. There are different types of trusts that can accomplish various objectives. A charitable trust, for example, can be established if you desire to leave all or a portion of your assets to support a charitable entity. Our attorneys can address whether or not you need a trust, as well as the type you need, to achieve your estate planning goals.
- Powers of Attorney: A power of attorney is a document that allows someone to represent or act on another’s behalf. By their very terms, they can be limited in their power or broad in their scope.
Planning for What Happens If You Become Incapacitated
While most people have considered what they wish to happen to their assets upon their death, many have not considered what they wish to happen if they should become mentally or physically incapacitated and unable to make decisions regarding their own healthcare. The Law Office of Carla Jones, P.A. believes every estate plan should contain an advance medical directive.
An advance medical directive is your opportunity to state what type of healthcare choices you wish for yourself in the event you should become incapacitated at some future date. Not only does it give you peace of mind knowing you have executed a set of instructions that ensure your wishes are honored, but it can also bring peace to your loved ones as they will know your desires and do not have to guess your healthcare wishes.
About Probate in Florida
The term “probate” is used to refer to the legal process by which a will is proven. Once a will is determined to be valid, the estate is probated to ensure the heirs receive their inheritance and that any final expenses owed by the estate are paid. If you have been appointed the executor over an estate and need assistance in probating it, our legal team can guide you step by step. We have experience in all aspects of Florida probate law including summary administration, formal administration, an ancillary administration, and probate related real estate issues.
Contact Our Firm Today to Get Started
Contact the Law Office of Carla Jones, P.A., today to speak with one of our top-tier attorneys about any of your estate planning, probate, and trust needs. Our number is 786-378-8246 and the initial consultation is free.