Pinellas Park Wills and Probate Estate Lawyers

Estate planning is a fundamental part of any adult person’s future planning.

At Starr Law Offices in Pinellas Park, FL, our expertise in estate planning and probate will help you prepare for the future, so you can focus on enjoying life. Our convenient location allows us to serve Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg from our Pinellas Park office. Starr Law Offices can assist in planning your will, trust, power of attorney, healthcare surrogate, living will and pre-need guardian. We can also assist in settling probate estates.

 

Pinellas Park Wills and Probate Estate Lawyers

Will & Trust Planning

Planning your wills and trusts is a critical component of planning for your estate. You, as the Testator, can indicate the person you choose as a personal representative to administer estate. It allows you to direct the distribution of your assets, after your death. Florida Will execution requires proper witnessing and signing from a testator able to give informed consent. Our Pinellas Park estate planning lawyers will ensure accurate representation of the testator’s will provisions and desires.

The trust serves to protect assets in the trust from creditors, reduce tax liability, benefit probate processing, and manage money when dependents are young, irresponsible, or disabled. Assets in a trust are deposited by a settlor and managed by the trustee. The beneficiary benefits from the trusts according to the standards in the trust.

There are a wide variety of trusts to meet the needs of the principal and beneficiary, including Irrevocable & Revocable Living Trusts.  Starr Law Offices can also create special trusts, like a gun trust. 

Probate

Planning for the probate is helpful to lessen the process. A probate court appoints a Personal Representative as the Estate’s legal representative and oversees the process to ensure the payment of debts and taxes of the decedent and distribution of the decedent’s assets to the proper parties. Our estate planning lawyers will ensure this complex and sometimes lengthy process is made simple for the Personal Representative. 

Powers of Attorney 

Estate planning lawyers assist in your designation of a health care surrogates and powers of attorney to fulfill your needs if you are incapacitated or disabled. The attorney-in-fact acts on the principal’s behalf in a manner designated under the powers of attorney. Their authority may extend to medical and financial decisions for the principal when the principal cannot act on their own.

The principal should define powers and impose limitations on the attorney-in-fact in the powers of attorney. They can eliminate the need for conservatorship or guardianship. They should include the grantor’s wishes regarding situations like investment and life-sustaining treatments.

A health care surrogate only has the authority to decide on medical care choices for the incapacitated principal. The surrogate must uphold the principal’s wishes, acting in their best interest when their wishes are not declared. Starr Law Offices can assist you in designating a surrogate and protect your wishes with the proper documentation.

Estate Planning from Starr Law Offices in Pinellas Park, FL

A Florida Estate Planning Lawyer from Starr Law Offices can help you plan for the future. We have over 30 years of experience serving the legal needs of Pinellas Park, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, as well as the surrounding areas. Contact us at (727)-578-5030 for a free consultation regarding your estate planning needs and expectations today.