WILLS, TRUSTS & ESTATES Preserving and memorializing your wishes is important. Mr. Apfelbaum strives to ensure that the client’s wishes are ultimately carried out by counseling clients and drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health directives. Wills: Wills allow you to preserve your wishes and direct your assets in accordance to your directives. Having a will allows you to avoid falling under Florida’s default statutory rules. Trusts: Do you wish to avoid or minimize probate? Do you wish to keep your assets and terms of your estate plan off the public record? Do you wish to avoid court guardianship proceedings in order to transfer management of your assets in the event you are no longer competent to handle your own affairs? Do you own real property outside of Florida? If any of the above apply to you, you may wish to consider a revocable trust. Guardianship: Name a guardian for your minor child(ren) in the event both parents should pass away, or for yourself in the event you become incapacitated. This will avoid having that decision made by a judge (a stranger in the family picture) when the need arises. We can assist you with this. If there is no guardian designated for your minor child(ren), yourself, or your loved ones, Apfelbaum Law can assist you in the drafting of the necessary documents for the assignation of a guardian to minors or other incapacitated persons, and guide you through the administration of such guardianship. Health Directives: A health care directive is a written document that informs others of your wishes as it relates to health care. It allows you to name another person (the agent) to decide for you if you are unable to decide, and to provide guidance as to your health care wishes. Apfelbaum Law can assist you and guide you through the process of drafting the necessary health care directives. Power of Attorney: Apfelbaum Law can assist you in drafting power of attorney documents for the appointment of a person to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so, or in your absence if you are travelling or have other commitments. If you have questions pertaining Wills, Trust & Estate Planning, need assistance drafting any of the above mentioned documents, or have questions about any potential legal matter, contact Apfelbaum Law for a consultation. http://alawfl.com/
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