Jacksonville Living Will Attorneys
Legal Help Making a Will in Florida
Florida law offers many different ways in which you can provide for your loved ones, distribute your property, and make sure your last wishes are carried out after you pass away. One of these often-used methods is known as a will: a written document that explains how you want your property distributed after you die, who should receive it, and who you want to be responsible for giving it out.
Though the concept of a will seems simple, ensuring that your wishes are carried out exactly takes some detailed planning. With the help of a family law attorney at Farah & Farah, you can rest assured that your family’s future is well taken care of. To find out more about how we can help, call us at 904-263-4610 for a free consultation.
Why Make a Will?
There are several benefits to making a will in Florida. A will allows you to choose who should receive your property when you die and what each person should get. If you want to leave any part of your estate to charity, you can do so in your will.
You may also name your personal representative in the will. Your personal representative is responsible for carrying out the instructions in your will and wrapping up any last issues, like unpaid medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and other costs. Next, you can authorize your personal representative to sell certain assets, like real estate or stocks, without having to go through a time-consuming court process. You can also specify how and from what funds the final taxes on your estate should be paid, which can significantly reduce the burden on loved ones who receive significant assets from your estate.
Finally, your will allows you to name a guardian for your children, if you die before they reach age 18. You can also set up financial arrangements for minor children, so that they will have access to your assets even after you pass away.
What Happens if You Die Without a Will?
Dying without a will or other estate plan in place is known as dying “intestate” in Florida. If you die intestate, Florida law will choose automatically who receives your property and what they get. The probate court will choose the personal representative for your estate, who may be someone you do not approve of or do not even know. Often, the costs of handling an “intestate” estate are much higher than the costs of handling and estate that is covered by a will, leaving fewer assets in the hands of your spouse, children, or other heirs. If there is not a single person living who can inherit your estate under Florida’s “intestate” laws, your assets go to the state – an unlikely situation, but one you can prevent with a valid will.
Importance of Meeting Florida Requirements
Florida law for intestate individuals is very precise when it comes to deciding who gets what. However, even after you have made your will, your decisions are not set in stone. You may change your will at any time before you die, as long as you follow Florida laws for changing wills, and the will’s instructions are not implemented unless it is declared invalid by a probate court. This is why it is of the utmost importance to follow Florida laws for making wills to the letter, or to choose a Florida wills attorney to make sure your will meets all the legal requirements.
Jacksonville Living Will Lawyers Helping You Protect Your Family’s Future
End-of-life planning is crucial, but it can often feel overwhelming, especially when the day-to-day tasks of living get in the way. To learn more about how the Jacksonville living will attorneys at Farah & Farah can help you create your will or make other plans, contact our office at 904-263-4610 for a free, confidential consultation.