If you do not have an estate plan in place — or if you have not reviewed your plan in several years — how your legacy will be distributed should the unexpected occur may not match your interests. In the absence of a plan, Florida laws and the Internal Revenue Service take over to dictate who will get your assets. The cold-hard laws do not take into account your desires, individual family dynamics or even the well-being of your loved ones in directing how your property will be distributed.
At the Law Office of Amy B. Van Fossen, P.A., in Melbourne, Florida, we have guided families in all economic brackets and age groups through the loving process of creating a plan to protect assets for more than a decade. Because each family is unique, it is critical for you to work with a knowledgeable lawyer to craft the plan best suited to your needs. We meticulously work with each client to create the legal documents to comprehensively meet their individual goals.
Tailoring Your Estate Plan To Your Needs
No two estate plans are the same. We will fully outline your options, which may include an assortment of instruments. We have substantial experience across the spectrum of estate planning matters, including:
- Wills and trusts: A last will and testament is an important tool to make sure your final wishes are understood and enforceable. However, there may be benefits to creating a strategy to protect assets using an irrevocable trust, or to avoid probate using revocable trusts or a combination of estate planning tools. A special needs trust may be necessary for families that want to protect a loved one with a disability.
- Estate planning in blended families: Second marriages can create complex family structures. We can explain how a basic estate plan may provide for a spouse, but risk disinheriting a biological child. We help clients in blended families craft strategic estate plans to fully protect their interests.
- Estate planning for unmarried couples: The law generally does not provide unmarried couples with estate planning protection. For instance, domestic partners can face difficult issues in how their loved one will be cared for after a medical emergency. We guide domestic partners and unmarried couples through the unique challenges associated with estate planning in domestic relationships.
- Powers of attorney: Medical emergencies and accidents can occur at any stage of life. Every individual can provide his or her family with loving guidance concerning end-of-life matters through a living will. Health care directives, including appointing a health care surrogate to speak on your behalf should you become incapacitated can give you and your family peace of mind. Adults also need to have powers of attorney in place to allow a trusted representative to manage finances and pay bills should you be unable to do so for yourself.
Turn To A Trusted Lawyer In Brevard County To Protect Your Family
Contact our Brevard County estate planning lawyer to schedule a consultation. Simply call locally at 321-426-1848 or toll free at 800-495-9153, or send us an email. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your unique goals and concerns.