Let The Law Office of Robert Abraham, P.A. Write Your Will

Did you know that if you have not already designated your assets (home, cars, assets, etc.) to specific beneficiaries before you pass on, through proper estate planning, the State of Florida already has a pre-determined system to divide assets among your family members? The only way to ensure that your assets will be transferred to your designated beneficiaries (family members, charities, religious organizations or any other legal person of your choice) is to make sure you have a will or alternative estate plan before passing on.

 

A will is a legal document that meets the requirements of State law to speak on your behalf when you are no longer living. Your will has legal force to make sure your wishes are fulfilled. Attorney Robert Abraham is fully versed in Florida will, trust and probate law.

 

Understanding how Florida inheritance law works will enable you to know what happens to your assets once you pass on.  If a Florida resident does not have a will, the State of Florida has a pre-planned distribution of assets for the remaining family. If the decedent (the person who dies) does not have any surviving heirs, the State of Florida will take all of his or her individually owned assets.

 

Florida statutes control the distribution of assets to heirs of a decedent who does not have a will or alternative estate plan. If there is a surviving spouse, the spouse is entitled to all assets that would be subject to probate, unless the decedent has lineal descendants who are not also lineal descendants of the surviving spouse or the surviving spouse has lineal descendants who are not also lineal descendants of the decedent, in which case there would be a different outcome.  For example, the children of the decedent are entitled to half the estate if the decedent has children who are not also children of the surviving spouse or if the surviving spouse has children who are not also children of the decedent. For decedents who are not married, but have living descendants, assets are divided proportionately among the descendants. For decedents who are not married and have no living descendants, assets are passed to the decedent’s parents, if living, or if not living, to the decedent’s brother(s) and/or sister(s).

 

A will or alternative estate plan provides citizens of Florida complete control over how their assets will be disbursed after their passing. When crafting a will you should have the guidance of a wills, trusts and probate attorney such as Robert Abraham. Attorney Abraham prides himself on guiding his clients through every step of the estate planning process, answering any questions you may have and explaining all legal terms.

 

A will enables you to appoint a person legally referred to as a “personal representative” (sometimes referred to as an executor) to administer the estate and see that your wishes, as documented in your will, are carried out. A personal representative has many responsibilities which include taking an inventory of the deceased’s assets, notifying and dealing with creditors to settle estate related debts, seeing to the filing of tax returns and payment of any taxes, and distributing assets to beneficiaries. Since a personal representative is entrusted with many complex legal and financial responsibilities, an estate attorney such as attorney Robert Abraham is customarily engaged to assist whomever is appointed to this role.

 

 

If you are interested in protecting your assets and legal interests before you pass on, The Law Office of Robert Abraham, P.A. can help you will thorough estate planning services. He will help guide you to create the perfect will to uphold your wishes and will ensure your personal representative follows every single requirement accurately and on-time through the entire probate process.

 

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