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Knowledgeable Florida Lawyers Prepare Wills Tailored to Your Needs

Attorneys in Lutz and Tampa serve clients throughout Hillsborough County

Preparing an accurate, enforceable will is an essential task for anyone who owns property. Regardless of your age or the size of your estate, drafting a testamentary document will protect your wishes and the people you care about most. At Westchase Law P.A. in Lutz and Tampa, we are established estate planning attorneys who know how to create wills that clearly allocate assets and minimize the likelihood of burdensome challenges. We work closely with Florida clients who seek to transfer assets to loved ones, leave charitable bequests and declare how children should be raised in the event of an untimely passing. Don’t risk a circumstance where the state’s intestacy law decides what happens to the property you’ve accumulated. We’ll establish a valid will so that your intentions are honored.

Experienced firm creates enforceable testamentary documents

Our experienced Gulf Coast estate planning firm will explain each aspect of wills clearly and in a manner suited to your situation, including:

  • Legal requirements — In Florida, a person must be at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated to draft a will. You need to sign the document in the presence of two witnesses who must also add their signatures. Along with directing how your property should be distributed, you can also appoint a personal representative, sometimes referred to as an executor.
  • Avoiding intestacy — Without a will, assets are divided according to an order of family members set forth by state law. Each member within a given class is treated the same, so if the intestacy statute directs that your assets go to your siblings, each would get an equal share even if you were estranged from one.
  • Revisions — Circumstances and priorities change over the course of a lifetime, so testamentary documents should be adjusted to ensure that they reflect your current objectives. If you have a will but haven’t reviewed it in a few years, we can analyze its terms with you and make any necessary changes.

Making arrangements for what happens after you’re gone might seem like an uncomfortable process, but we have the skill and sensitivity to ease your burden and leave you with a document that benefits you and your loved ones.

Accomplished advisers draft living wills to address end-of-life decisions

By creating a will, you safeguard the interests of your loved ones, but it is important to remember that your responsibility to them goes beyond leaving them assets upon your death. Modern medical technology can lead to situations where treatment decisions to prolong life may come at a time when patients are unable to communicate their wishes. To save your loved ones from difficult choices and unnecessary expense, we can help you draft a living will that specifies what treatments you want or do not want if your condition is terminal and you cannot communicate.

Proven advocates represent clients in will contests and probate matters

Though a will is intended to state clear instructions regarding property allocation, disagreements can arise regarding the validity of the document or the manner in which it is being executed. We are experienced probate attorneys who handle will contests relating to alleged incapacity, purported breaches of fiduciary duty and accusations that documents fail to meet legal standards. If you are an estate representative or possible beneficiary who is engaged in a dispute over a will’s terms, our firm can give you the information and support you need to pursue an appropriate resolution.

Contact a dedicated Florida lawyer for a consultation regarding a will

Westchase Law P.A., with offices in Lutz and Tampa, drafts, revises and enforces wills for clients throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. To make an appointment to discuss your legal needs and options, please call 813-563-1491 or contact us online.

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