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One of the most important, and often overlooked, legal practices is known as estate planning. Whether you want to plan for your family's financial future or designate a guardian for your child, an estate plan will be required. To make sure your final wishes are followed, it is crucial that you work with a Tallahassee estate planning lawyer. When you enlist the services of one of our estate planning attorneys, you will receive one on one support, and dedicated attention.

Our Firm knows how difficult it can be to plan for the future, which is why we always offer caring counsel. We have assisted individuals with estate planning matters for over three decades. Our goal is to offer you personal, and friendly service, allowing you to remain comfortable, and relaxed throughout the planning process. We are here to help protect your future legacy for generations to come.

When you work with us, we will begin by reviewing your specific financial, and familial standings, determining the best plan for your situation. Without an estate plan, your property will be distributed according to current law rather than your specific wishes. This is a court-sanctioned process that can be both time consuming, and expensive for your remaining loved ones.

Estate Administration (Probate)

The loss of a loved one is always difficult; being responsible for handling everything your loved one left behind can be overwhelming. We are here to help you through that process by walking along side you to determine if estate administration, commonly referred to as probate, is necessary, and if so, how to proceed. If you are looking for help in this area, Mathews Law Firm, P. A. may be able to provide the legal guidance you need.  Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your family's specific situation.

What to Include in Your Estate Plan

Estate plans should be customized to individual's financial, and familial needs, and desires. 

The most commonly used estate planning tools include:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Directives

Wills allow you to name heirs for your property, and guardians for your minor children, making them one of the most common, and useful estate planning tools. Trusts are more complex, protecting property, and other personal belongings. This can be a great way to minimize taxes or avoid the probate process, especially if you have large financial holdings. Estate plans can also include  Advance Directives such as Durable Power of AttorneyLiving WillDesignation of Health Care Surrogate, or Designation of Preneed Guardian that give you the opportunity to state your wishes .

Durable Power of Attorney enables you to appoint a trusted friend or family member to handle specific aspects of your affairs in the event you are unable to do so yourself. A Living Will affords you the chance to thoughtfully make known your desires regarding the artificial prolonging of your life under the various medical circumstances. A Designation of Health Care Surrogate allows you to state who you want to make health care decisions for you if you are determined to be incapacitated. The Designation of Preneed Guardian states who you wish to serve as your guardian in the event you become mentally or physically disabled, and can no longer manage your financial affairs, your property or your health. The courts are not bound 

Whether you want to create a complex estate plan that includes all the major elements, or just prefer a simple will, Mathews Law Firm, P.A. may be able to provide the legal guidance you need. Contact us today to start preparing your future legacy with our professional estate planning attorneys in Tallahassee.

Estate Probate

The loss of a loved one is always difficult; being responsible for handling everything your loved one left behind can be overwhelming. We are here to help you through that process by walking along side you to determine if estate administration, commonly referred to as probate, is necessary, and if so, how to proceed. If you are looking for help in this area, Mathews Law Firm, P. A. may be able to provide the legal guidance you need.  Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your family's specific situation.

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