What is Estate Planning?
Estate planning is a process designed to allow you to control your property while you are alive and well; plan for yourself and your loved ones in the event of your disability and then give what you have, to whom you want, when you want, the way you want. We help co-create estate plans that embrace your vision, that could include the creation of a legacy for your family, pets and charity.
Estate planning includes understanding the interaction between how you own your assets, beneficiary designations and the legal documents that support your plan.
It also includes the proper selection and appointment of “helpers” including personal representatives, trustees, agents, guardians for minors and caregivers for pets.
Estate planning is not a one-time activity, but instead a life-long commitment to creating an effective plan that contemplates the ongoing change experienced in your life, your legacy, the law and ultimately, your lawyer’s experience.
How do I find an Estate Planning Attorney?
A Florida estate planning attorney will be a member of the Florida Bar. They may also be Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates which means they’ve met a rigorous set of standards and taken an advanced course of study along with an examination. Estate planning attorney’s will have a special interest in planning for tax consequences; asset protection planning, and creating plans that address your unique estate planning goals.
Founding partners, Peggy Hoyt and Randy Bryan are board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. They are also board certified in Elder Law. The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan is Florida’s ONLY law firm with two lawyers holding these credentials. To learn more about Florida Bar board certification, visit FloridaBar.org.
Where can I find more information on Estate Planning?
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