During the course of your life, you collect and accumulate assets that allow you the opportunity to care for yourself and your family. When you pass, having an estate plan in place can provide one last opportunity to care for those same people by identifying your final wishes. At the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A., our Ponte Vedra will attorney can help you with your estate planning needs.
We understand the importance of planning for your loved ones’ futures and ensure that your estate plan explicitly outlines how you wish your assets to be divided. For over 20 years, we have continued to serve our clients with compassionate legal advice. We can tailor a plan to your specific needs, circumstances, and wishes.
A will is a document that states who will receive your assets upon your death. It can ease the burden on your family as they grieve by ensuring many of the end-of-life decisions you desire are in place. Four benefits of a will include:
While you may be inclined to create your will on your own, working with an attorney can provide you with the legal support you need. The document can be confusing and filled with many legal terms, but ultimately, it is a reflection of your wishes. Without the proper preparation, you could find that the details you would like honored are lost in the interpretation. An attorney can ensure everything is clear. In addition, an attorney can assist with the following:
These requirements are just a few of the many necessary aspects of a will. In the event that this information is not included or is incorrect, the will’s validity could be challenged in probate court, resulting in ongoing litigation to settle the estate. However, an experienced attorney from the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A., can properly plan to significantly decrease the chances that your will is challenged or deemed invalid. We can even discuss how to store the will properly.
A: The cost of attorney services for preparing a will can vary depending on the experience of the attorney and the size or details of the estate. On average, a will attorney may charge between $300 and $1,200. The specific charges you may incur should be discussed during your initial consultation with your attorney.
A: The exact costs of your estate plan are determined by factors, including your attorney fees, the estate planning documents you choose to create, and the complexity of your plan. More complex elements like trusts will increase the overall expense of estate planning. On average, creating an estate plan could cost anywhere between $150 and several thousands of dollars.
A: In Ponte Verde, Florida, there are many different types of attorneys who practice many different areas of the law. When seeking to create a will or trust, you should look for an attorney who focuses on estate planning. These attorneys will be familiar with the requirements for the various documents and can help to minimize any challenges to validity or litigation in probate court.
A: Establishing a will in Florida does not require the assistance of an attorney; however, because there are so many complexities in the document and impactful legal ramifications if the will is considered invalid, it is recommended that you seek the counsel of an experienced attorney. Without their help, you could risk additional hardship on your family as they are left to interpret the will on their own, meaning your final wishes may not be honored in the way you would like.
Estate planning is a difficult but necessary step. While wills are extremely common estate planning documents, establishing a will can be complicated and, if not done properly, could result in your final wishes being delayed or never met. However, the help of an attorney from the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A. can ensure your will is valid. Contact us today, and let us help you plan for the future of your assets.
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