Dependable Estate Planning Guidance in Cape Coral and Fort Myers
Do you have a plan for who would advocate for you if you were suddenly hospitalized and unable to communicate? Have you made arrangements for what will happen when you pass away? Thinking about death and incapacity can be unpleasant, but it is important to have these challenging conversations and take steps to prepare for the future. An estate plan provides safety, security, and peace of mind.
Whether you are starting from scratch or are looking to build upon existing estate planning documents, our team at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano has the knowledge and resources needed to assist you. Our firm has supported the estate planning efforts of our local communities for over 40 years, and we are committed to providing tailored guidance to our clients throughout their lives. No matter your objectives or the complexity of your situation, our Naples estate planning lawyers can help you implement comprehensive solutions that address your concerns, preserve your assets, and ensure your final wishes will be honored.
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The Importance of Estate Planning
If you do not already have an estate plan in place, you may be wondering if you need one, especially if you are young and healthy. The truth is every adult should have at least a basic estate plan, no matter their financial or medical circumstances.
Estate planning is about more than deciding what will happen after you pass away, as it is also about preparing for the possibility of incapacity. Nearly all estate planning documents can only be created if you are of “sound mind,” meaning you will be unable to implement new tools if your health deteriorates. No one can be sure what will happen tomorrow, and the last thing you want is to burden your loved ones should you become hospitalized or even pass away without any plan for what comes next.
If you become incapacitated and unable to communicate without an estate plan, you will not get any input in the types of care you receive. Your loved ones will not automatically get the authority to make decisions about treatment on your behalf, nor will they be able to manage your financial affairs. Planning for incapacity gives you the confidence of knowing that people you trust will be working to protect your interests when you cannot do so yourself.
Passing away without an estate plan can also lead to unfortunate consequences. Any final wishes you may have had for your minor children or property will not matter: Florida’s intestacy laws will decide who will look after your children and who will inherit your assets.
Do not put off creating an estate plan. Our Naples estate planning attorneys are happy to help you get started.
Our Firm’s Estate Planning Services
No estate is too large or complex for our legal professionals. Whatever your concern, we are confident we can walk you through your options and provide the dedicated support you need to achieve your goals.
Our team at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano can assist you with many types of estate planning tools and objectives, including:
- Asset Protection and Wealth Preservation. While Florida does not have an inheritance or estate tax, large estates may still be subject to federal estate taxes and other tax obligations when assets are transferred to beneficiaries. We can employ numerous wealth preservation strategies that seek to minimize the impact of these taxes. Our firm can also help you use planning tools to achieve asset protection.
- Guardianships. If a minor child does not have a suitable parent or an adult is no longer able to care for themselves, they will need a legal guardian to make personal and/or financial decisions on their behalf. Securing a guardianship can be a complicated and arduous process, but we can guide you every step of the way.
- Health Care Surrogacy. You will want someone who has permission to access your medical records and make treatment decisions in the event you become hospitalized. A health care surrogacy formally grants these permissions and gives your chosen surrogate the ability to advocate for you.
- Medicaid Planning. Many people cannot afford long-term care without Medicaid benefits, but meeting the program’s restrictive criteria is often not possible without proactive planning. We can leverage estate planning tools to facilitate and protect your or a loved one’s eligibility.
- Powers of Attorney. When you make someone your power of attorney, you give them authority to act on your behalf in the conditions and scope you specify. For example, you can choose to give someone the ability to manage your bank accounts and pay bills should you become incapacitated.
- Probate. When someone passes away, their estate must be closed through the probate process. Probate is notoriously unpleasant and costly, which is why many estate planning tools are designed to help people avoid the bulk of it. We can assist families who need help navigating probate.
- Will Contests. During probate, certain parties have the right to contest the validity or enforceability of a will on certain grounds, and litigation will generally be necessary to resolve the objection. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in these matters.
- Wills and Trusts. In your will, you can specify who will inherit your assets, who will look after your minor children, and who will be responsible for settling your estate. Trusts can perform a variety of functions, including facilitating asset distribution without probate.
Your estate plan is fluid and should reflect your current circumstances, meaning you should review your documents every time you experience a major life event. Examples include the birth of a child, a marriage, divorce, or moving to a new state. You should still look over your estate plan every few years even if you are confident nothing significant has changed. Our Naples estate planning lawyers will be here whenever you need us to help you make any necessary adjustments.
If you need help updating your estate plan, do not hesitate to call (239) 908-4930 or contact us online.
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