From the initial consultation to the end of a matter, I guide my clients through the process, whether it is estate planning, probate, guardian advocacy, or guardianship. Please call or email today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
The most important piece of paper you will write that will give you a voice upon your passing and a voice if you become incapacitated is your estate plan. I carefully tailor each estate plan to fit my client's wishes. Details are important when it comes to crafting well-thought-out estate plans. Your estate plan is a means for you to protect yourself and your loved ones, preserve your hard-earned assets for those you love, and also minimize risk of disputes from arising in the future before and after your passing. Estate planning is important for families with or without children, despite their age.
The court process for administering your loved one's estate is called probate. When someone passes away with assets solely owned in that person's name, without pay-on-death beneficiaries, the person's assets must be probated before distribution can occur. I work closely with my clients in making sure that the probated estate is moved along as expeditiously as possible and that my clients are kept informed each step of the way.
Guardian Advocacy and Guardianship
Guardian advocacy is a court-administered process of getting guardian advocate(s) appointed over a person with a developmental disability as defined under Florida Statute Chapter 393.063(12). The process involves, but is not limited to, pleadings filed with the circuit court, a court-appointed attorney or other attorney appointed to represent the best interests of the person with a developmental disability, a credit and criminal history background check, a hearing before a magistrate or judge, order(s) and letters of guardian advocate, and initial and annual plans. Guardianship is a court-administered process under Florida Statute Chapter 744 that involves, but is not limited to, an incapacitation hearing and order determining incapacitation and a hearing to appoint guardian(s), as well as required annual filing(s.) Guardianship is not the same as guardian advocacy and counsel should be consulted to discuss the differences.
The law firm is proud to serve clients in Hillsborough (i.e., Lithia, Valrico, Riverview, Brandon, Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Seffner) and neighboring counties, such as Pinellas and Manatee Counties (i.e., St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Anna Maria, Palmetto, and Bradenton).