Law Office of Robert L. King
2780 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33306
Phone: 954-561-5808
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Will and Trust Attorney


Will and Trust Attorney, Fort Lauderdale, FL


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You wouldn’t just trust anyone to care for your children, would you? It’s the same principle when choosing someone to prepare one of the most important documents nowadays - your last will and testament. No one really wants to think about it, but put all reservations aside.

What does a will do?

 

A will is the legal document that allows you to distribute your property to those you choose. A will allows you to designate beneficiaries to receive specific items from your estate, and other beneficiaries to receive everything else. For example, if you want your house, your car, or your antique thimble collection to go to a certain person or organization, you designate that person or organization as the beneficiary.

Who's going to make sure that your antique thimble collection goes to the proper person? The executor of your will. The executor is the person you designate to carry out your wishes.

A will also gives parents of minor children the chance to nominate a guardian. The court makes the final decision when appointing a guardian for your children after your death, but the court will usually accept your nomination. A guardian’s legal responsibility is to provide for your child’s physical welfare.

What does a living trust do?


A will comes into play only after you die, but a living trust can actually start benefiting you while you are still alive. A living trust is a trust established during your lifetime. It is revocable, which allows for you to make changes. You will substantially transfer all of your property into your living trust during your lifetime, and any omitted assets can be transferred into the trust at the time of death through the use of a simple pour-over will. You should always make a pour-over will at the time that you establish your trust.

A living trust will be used as the mechanism to manage your property before and after your death, as well as to provide how those assets, and the income earned by the trust, are distributed after your death. If you should become incapacitated or disabled, the trust is in place to manage your financial affairs, usually by a successor trustee if you were serving as trustee. A living trust is not subject to probate, and therefore, all provisions of the trust will remain private.

Joint living trusts are also possible. They simply combine the assets of a husband and wife into a single trust, governed by a single trust document. However, if estate tax minimization is important (for combined estates which will exceed $625,000,) the joint living trust must be very carefully drafted with the help of an attorney in order to achieve the desired goals.

What happens if I don't have a will or living trust?

The legal term for dying without a will is dying intestate. If you do not specify through a valid will or living trust who will receive your property, state law controls and generally distributes your property to your spouse and/or your closest heirs. This may or may not be what you intended. Furthermore, if you fail to nominate a guardian for your minor children, the state could appoint someone you don't trust as a legal guardian of your minor children. Finally, by failing to appoint someone to carry out your wishes, the state can appoint anyone to be the administrator of your property, and the administrator may have to pay certain fees or post a bond at the expense of your estate, before he or she can begin to distribute your assets.

While you can prepare these documents yourself or have a paralegal do them for you, nothing compares to having professional legal advice from a professional such as Law Offices of Robert L. King P.A. He can provide you with the right legal advice and answer all of your legal questions, putting your mind at ease.

If you have any questions pertaining to this service or any other service offered throughout our site, please call us at 954-561-5808 or e-ail  ProbateLawyer@aol.com to make arrangements for a consultation.



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If you would like to speak with Attorney Robert L. King, please call 954-561-5808 or email ProbateLawyer@aol.com to make arrangements for a consultation.

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Probate Law Attorney Robert L. King provides services to clients throughout the cities of:

Fort Lauderdale, FL; Hollywood, FL; Hallandale, FL; Oakland Park, FL; Sunrise, FL; Coconut Creek, FL; Cooper City, FL; Coral Springs, FL; Dania, FL; Davie, FL; Deerfield Beach, FL; Lauderdale Lakes, FL; Lauderdale By The Sea, FL; Lauderhill, FL; Lighthouse Point, FL; North Lauderdale, FL; Parkland, FL; Pembroke Park, FL; Pembroke Pines, FL; Plantation, FL; Pompano Beach, FL; Port Everglades, FL; Tamarac, FL; West Hollywood, FL; Weston, FL; Westside Branch, FL; Wilton Manors, FL; Margate, FL; Miramar, FL.

 


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