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Please contact us for the date, time and location of our next free Estate Planning Seminar. Join us and learn:

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Probate and Save Your Heirs Tens of Thousands of Dollars.
  • How to make sure your family does not suffer the same fate as Terri Schiavo's
  • The Pros and Cons of Revocable Trusts

... and many other topics to help you gain the peace of mind that comes from feeling secure that your loved ones will avoid the expenses, wasted time and aggravation that result from poor estate planning.


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Estate Planning


A vast majority of Americans have never had a will or trust created, yet all of them have an estate plan. If you haven’t planned how your estate will be administered after your death, you can be sure that the state where you live has. The Florida Legislature has prepared an estate plan for those who don’t do it themselves. It’s called the Florida Law of Intestate Succession. It guarantees that your assets will pass through probate. It divides your estate between your spouse and your lineal descendants – even if you had wished for your spouse to receive everything. Are you satisfied with the estate plan that the Legislature has prepared for you?

Our estate planning services benefit clients by minimizing taxes and costs, reducing time and delay and, most importantly, achieving the objectives of the client. These services include:


A will names a personal representative for a client’s estate, specifies the authority that the personal representative will have in managing the estate, and directs how the client’s assets will be distributed after death.


We help clients avoid probate at death and the need for a guardian during their lifetime by establishing a revocable living trust. The trust removes the client’s assets from his probate estate without taking any control of those assets away from the client. The trust also allows the client to plan for beneficiaries who are incapacitated, have special needs or who may not be ready to receive their inheritance by holding such assets and having them managed until the beneficiary reaches a certain age or until a specified event has occurred. The proper structuring and use of a revocable trust may also allow a husband and wife to drastically reduce or even eliminate estate tax. Our services also include assistance in the proper funding of the trust.


Our services do not end with the preparation of documents. Your circumstances will change and you will acquire new assets in the future. Your estate plan also needs to be updated to reflect these changes. Our Estate Legacy Program is a systematic and reliable program to review and update your estate planning documents. Click here for more information on how you can ensure that your estate plan is always up-to-date.


We help clients plan for their incapacity with a durable power of attorney which allows them to appoint a trusted friend, family member or trust officer to manage their property in their stead when they are physically or mentally unable to do so themselves.


The Designation of Health Care Surrogate allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions for you when you are unable to make them yourself. The Living Will is a written declaration directing the providing, withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures in the event one suffers from a terminal condition, has an end-stage condition or is in a persistent vegetative state.


We advise clients concerning methods to reduce potential estate taxes through lifetime transfers including gifts to minors, effective use of annual gift tax exclusions, irrevocable trusts and family limited partnerships.


We have experience in preparing split-interest gifts such as Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts to reduce estate taxes, provide charitable tax deductions and provide income to the client and her descendants. We also work with local charitable foundations to create donor advised funds which will benefit the community for generations after a client’s death.


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