Our Areas of Practice
If you have questions about estate planning, whether you need a Will, or whether steps can be taken now to help your loved ones avoid the probate process, Key Law Offices will be glad to help answer any questions you may have. There is generally no charge for a telephone consultation.
Probate in Florida
Frequently a person dies with assets still titled in their name. The person who died (the “decedent”) may have owned a home or other real estate, bank accounts , investment accounts, life insurance policies, or an interest in a business. If the decedent was unmarried or did not have his or her real estate titled with another person or persons as “joint tenants with rights of survivorship,” then the decedent’s interest must generally go through the probate process. Likewise, if there is no designated beneficiary on a bank account or other financial account which is owned solely by the decedent, that asset must pass through probate. Also, if a person dies owing debts, the owners of those debts are now creditors of the decedent’s estate.
Sometimes people die with a valid Last Will and Testament, sometimes no will is found. Often, only a copy of a Will may be found and that circumstance raises a host of issues.
Simply put, probate is a legal process where a court decides who receives a decedent’s assets and which creditors, if any, will get paid.
For additional information, the Florida Bar publishes an excellent pamphlet about the probate process in Florida. Here is a link to the information:
If you have questions about whether probate is needed, Key Law Offices will be glad to help answer any questions you may have. There is generally no charge for a telephone consultation.
Wills, Estate Planning, & Trusts
Most people want to leave their assets to their loved ones without putting those loved ones through unnecessary trouble or turmoil. But what is the best way to do so? Do you need a Will, or is a Revocable Living Trust a better planning option? What happens if you become incapacitated? What other Estate Planning tools might be beneficial to your situation? An experienced estate planning attorney can help you with your wishes and with the orderly management of your assets upon incapacity, or distribution of your assets upon your death.
Buying or Renting a Home
Whether you are a current Florida resident or are thinking of moving and retiring to the beautiful Sunshine State, it may be helpful to have information about buying or renting a home and various other topics particular to Florida real estate. By clicking on the following link, you can get information on Florida real estate prepared by Key Law Offices to assist you if you have questions concerning buying and selling Florida property.
Also, the Florida Bar publishes excellent pamphlets containing general information about real estate in Florida. Here are links to that information:
If you have any questions at all about Florida real estate, please contact us. There is generally no charge for a telephone consultation.