Lutz and Tampa Estate Planning Lawyers Deliver Sound Advice
Florida attorneys help clients preserve and transfer assets efficiently
Establishing a proper estate plan doesn’t just help your family after you’re gone, but gives you the peace of mind that you deserve. The experienced attorneys of Westchase Law P.A. work closely with clients throughout the Gulf Coast and elsewhere to identify and execute estate planning solutions that put you and your loved ones in the best possible position going forward. From our offices in Lutz and Tampa, we can draft wills, trusts, advance directives, guardianship documents and other legally sound instruments that clearly specify your wishes and protect your family’s future.
Thorough attorneys create effective wills, trusts and guardianship documents
There are many elements to a comprehensive estate plan. Our firm designs each one carefully and makes sure that these legal instruments complement each other so that you can feel confident about your legacy. Effective estate plans can include:
- Wills — Creating a legally enforceable will gives you control over the assets that you’ve worked a lifetime to accumulate. In addition to ensuring your will distributes property according to your wishes, we’ll make sure that legal standards are satisfied and that other key issues are addressed, such as the care of your children, charitable contributions and even plans for the care of your pet. Our experienced attorneys will reduce the likelihood of estate litigation and make sure that key decisions aren’t left to Florida’s intestacy laws, which govern how estates are handled when the deceased leaves no will.
- Trusts — Although trusts are sometimes associated with the very wealthy or charitable foundations, they offer potential benefits for many individuals and families. By placing assets into these legal instruments, trust creators can direct how their funds will be spent, reduce tax liability or help their intended beneficiaries take control of property without having to go through probate.
- Advance medical directives — To maintain authority over crucial medical decisions and protect your family in the event that you are incapacitated due to injury or illness, it is important to draft advance medical directives. With a living will, you can declare what measures you would like to be taken in an end-of-life situation. You can also appoint a healthcare surrogate, who will have legal control of key decisions so that confusion and conflict are averted.
- Guardianship instructions — Parents of minor children should take great care in setting forth plans to safeguard their children’s well-being in the event that children are orphaned. We’ll go over factors that should be considered when establishing instructions on guardianship. If you have concerns about who will care for your pet following your death, our lawyers can assist with those arrangements as well.
Too often, a flaw in an estate planning document will not be noticed until it is too late. By working with our trustworthy attorneys, you can concentrate on enjoying your life rather than worrying about problems that could hurt the people closest to you.
Respected counselors offer personalized guidance to help secure your legacy
No form or do-it-yourself estate planning kit can provide sound legal guidance geared to your particular circumstances. Whether you’re concerned about complex family wealth matters or are just interested in developing a simple will, we’ll build a plan that is personalized for you. If you’re unsure how to proceed, our seasoned attorneys can offer ideas on options such as philanthropic bequests and specific-use trusts.
Contact a thorough Florida estate planning lawyer to discuss your situation
Westchase Law P.A. works on behalf of Hillsborough County clients to prepare comprehensive, personalized estate plans. Located in Tampa and Lutz, our firm creates wills, trusts, advance medical directives and other enforceable documents. Please call 813-563-1491 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.