Estate Planning: Wills
A will is the centerpiece of most estate plans. It is a valuable tool for distributing your assets to your loved ones. For some people, a will is all they need for their estate plan. However, most people will benefit from additional protections. An experienced lawyer can help you explore the options that will best meet your goals.
At Allender & Allender, our attorneys are dedicated to helping people through the estate planning process. To schedule an initial consultation, call our main office in Titusville at 321-529-2448.
What Can A Will Accomplish?
A will communicates a person’s final wishes regarding their assets. It will outline what should be done with their possessions, whether they are being left to another person, a group of people or donated to charity. A will also outlines what should happen to any dependents who may be left behind.
A will is written while a person is still alive and is carried out after he or she has passed away. A proper will must satisfy the requirements of Florida law. A still-living person must be designated as a personal representative (sometimes referred to as an executor or executrix), and is responsible for administering the estate. The personal representative is usually supervised by the probate court to ensure that the terms of the will are properly carried out.
It is important to note that a will does not avoid probate. However, it prevents the state of Florida from designating beneficiaries and the personal representative, which is what happens when a person passes away without a will.
Contact Our Attorneys For Help With Estate Planning
To learn more about the benefits of a will and other estate planning tools, speak with us. Call 321-529-2448 or contact us online. With offices in Titusville, Cocoa Beach and Oviedo, we serve clients across central Florida.