Do I Really Need An Estate Plan?
One of the most valuable benefits of estate planning is the peace of mind you gain by taking concrete actions today to make life easier for your loved ones should you die or become incapacitated. The legal team at Kramer A. Litvak, P.A., offers estate planning help to clients throughout northwestern Florida and is committed to providing quality services at fair and affordable rates.
Why Can’t I Just Use Estate Planning Templates That I Find On The Internet?
You can use these forms instead of hiring a lawyer, but they may not comply with Florida law or accomplish your goals. It’s also very possible that any money saved up front by using these online forms could eventually cost your loved ones a great deal more. We recommend working with an experienced estate planning attorney. The better question here is this: Isn’t your estate plan too important to trust to an internet document created by someone you’ve never met?
What Should My Plan Include?
Each person is different; each estate plan should be, too. The distinctions are found in the details. Our legal team knows how to listen and will work closely with you to create legal documents that are carefully tailored to meet your individual needs and goals.
That said, there are a few commonly used estate planning tools worth considering in most instances. These include:
- The last will and testament
- Guardianship provisions for minor children
- Durable powers of attorney
- Advance health care directives (living wills, health care surrogate designations)
- HIPAA waivers
- Revocable living trusts (may also be referred to as revocable trusts or living trusts) for avoiding probate
- Special needs trusts and other irrevocable trusts
Questions About Estate Planning? Get Answers In A Free Consultation
Estate planning isn’t the easiest item to clear off the “to do” list, but we can help. First, see our frequently asked questions. Secondly, learn more in a free appointment. Our deep estate planning experience allows us to handle any estate plan need – including complex estate planning matters. Contact our offices online or call us directly at 850-308-1677 or (toll-free) to schedule a free consultation.