Securing Your Peace Of Mind: Wills, Trusts and Estates
At Staack, Simms & Reighard, PLLC we understand that it is unpleasant to think about what the future holds after your death. Unfortunately, we regularly deal with clients where a loved one has died, but he or she neglected to change a will or sign a trust or record a deed prior to his or her passing. Taking steps today is extremely important to ensure that your assets go where you want them to go to protect both your legacy and your loved ones.
Since 1985, residents throughout Clearwater and the neighboring communities have entrusted us with their wills, trusts and probate matters. Our attorneys go to great lengths to address our clients’ concerns with compassion and skill. Simply put: Your goals are our goals.
Using A Will To Safeguard Your Wishes
A last will and testament is a powerful legal document. It can be used to:
- Identify guardians for your children
- Establish which individuals receive which assets and property
- Appoint an executor to settle your estate
- Minimize legal headaches after your death
If you have a will, you determine who will get your assets after you die. If you do not have a will, Florida Law will decide who gets your assets. Assets passing by virtue of a will must go through the probate process. Probate takes months, and any court fees incurred during probate will be drawn from the estate. In many cases, probate can be avoided altogether.
Working with our firm can help you avoid the expense, uncertainty and delay of the probate process. Our firm is qualified to draft, write and revise enforceable wills and use other tools that safeguard your wishes and make things easier on your loved ones.
Protecting Your Assets With A Trust
We are also equipped to create trusts that allow you to protect your assets and control how your assets are distributed after your death.
When you meet with our team, we will invite you to share your concerns before we recommend the type of trust that best serves your needs or if a trust is appropriate at all.
Structuring and funding trusts are often complicated affairs; however, our lawyers speak plainly. It is important to us that you are well-informed before you sign any paperwork or agree to any course of action.
Uncertain About Your Options? Talk To Us.
You can reach us by phone at 727-219-9013 or through our online contact form.