Elder Law: Wills
Your Florida Will is an essential part of your estate plan. Your Will is a written legal document that specifies how and to whom you want your assets distributed after you are gone. Our Florida estate planning lawyers will listen carefully to your goals and circumstances and will suggest the best methods for structuring your Will.
Your Will must be filed with the Florida Probate Court upon death. The court then supervises the distribution of your assets. Many people incorrectly believe that if their estate is modest and not subject to estate taxes, there will be no need for probate. This is a misconception! Any estate where assets must be distributed through the provisions of a Will is subject to probate, regardless of whether the estate is taxable.
If you die without a Will (intestate), the State of Florida determines how your assets get divided, and who your beneficiaries will be. A judge then decides who handles the administration of your estate. If you’re like most people, you’ll want to plan so that the state doesn’t make these important decisions for you!
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Robert L. Mellinger, has over 33 years of experience as an attorney, having been admitted to practice law in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida as well as several U.S. Federal Jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of the United States of America.View Attorney Profile