FLORIDA WILLS

 

Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations

Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, attorneys at Dustin Hay Law can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

•    Probate and Administration

•    Will Drafting and Execution

•    Estate planning

•    Executor duties

•    Power of Attorney

•    Living wills and Health Care Proxies

•    Living trusts

•    Irrevocable Trusts

•    Guardianship

•    Will Disputes and Contests

 

Securing your legacy

You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets to reflect your wishes and the circumstances of your family situation. Properly drafted wills can minimize taxes, establish guardianship for your children, establish trusts to protect funds left to beneficiaries, provide a means for caring for your pets, support personal philanthropic causes and protect your loved ones.

 

Draft your last will and testament, trust and living will

A will, trust, or other means of estate planning is essential at every stage of your life. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires.  A trust might better protect your wishes with respect to family members or domestic partners and can avoid pitfalls of probate that might pertain to your situation.

 

Even if your largest asset is your underage child, a simple will is essential to provide a guardian without the necessity for court intervention, uncertainty and delay, or competing interests, in the event of an unexpected tragedy. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

 

Changing your will or trust

As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils, new wills, or trust amendments that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

 

Appointment of guardianship

If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

 

Probate

Our Tampa attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about Florida probate court to guide you through the process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

 

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the State of Florida
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate, and ultimately to the beneficiaries
  • Valuing the estate assets
  • Assistance with liquidating assets as appropriate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary.

 

Probate disputes

When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. Our Tampa Florida attorneys have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. Our attorneys can negotiate among beneficiaries to preserve relationships and pursue your rights in court when necessary.

 

REAL ESTATE

 

  • Contract and Lease review/negotiation
  • Residential Sales
  • Commercial Sales
  • Litigation
  • Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • For Sale by Owner
  • Partition
  • Quiet title action

 

 

Residential and Commercial Closings

 

By retaining an experienced real estate attorney to represent you in the closing process, you can ensure that you are purchasing a property which is free and clear of title defects and satisfies your investment objective.  You should prepare for your closing by consulting with your real estate lawyer to help you review all your closing documents to be sure everything is in order.  Throughout the process your real estate attorney will review all the documents and explain each closing document to you before you sign them.  And, if you have any questions, your attorney will answer them.

 

Foreclosure Defense

 

It is a little known fact that Federal law, Florida law, and your loan documents can provide you with numerous and meritorious defenses to a foreclosure lawsuit.  For example, your lender may have failed to comply with the terms of the loan, may not have possession of the required legal documents, may be guilty of mortgage servicing abuse, may be demanding an inflated pay-off, may be assessing unlawful fees, or may have violated federal and/or state law while attempting to collect on the loan.

 

A foreclosure lawsuit does not have to result in the loss of your home.  You may have a solution to include any of the following:

 

Loan Modification

Short Sale

Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

 

 

Our Office has extensive experience in real estate disputes and litigation, and is dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.

 

 

 

 

The Law Offices of Dustin H. Hay, P.A.