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Broward Elder Lawyer

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Elder Law

Wills & Trusts

Probate

The Legacy Law Firm Can Help

Elder law, Estate Planning & Probate Services Florida Families Count On

When you choose to work with The Legacy Law Firm you’re choosing a team that is dedicated to their clients, compassionate with their approach and has extensive knowledge in probate law, estate planning and elder law.  Our team of legal professionals excel at helping our clients plan for the unexpected and create multigenerational legacies to support their families, businesses, or charitable trust for years to come. The Legacy Law Firm is based in South Florida with offices in Plantation and Coral Springs. We proudly serve all 67 Counties in Florida for probate matters.

Florida Long Term Care & Medicaid Eligibility Planning:  Florida Medicaid and Veterans Benefits programs can prove an invaluable resource when you or a loved one needs to afford long-term care after retiring. Eligibility planning is crucial if your estate has significant assets that might disqualify you from these benefit programs.  When possible, we assist our clients with pursuing alternatives to nursing homes but if a nursing home is necessary then we shift our focus.  Our goal is to protect your life savings against catastrophic care costs and ensure their access to the best of long-term care.

Traditional Florida Estate Planning:  Traditional Estate Planning is essential for everyone regardless of their estate size or what stage of their life they are in. The process of planning for the administration of your estate, as well as any disbursement of assets, is vital to protect the rights of your loved ones in case you die or become incapacitated. Our Florida estate planning firm can assist in creating an estate plan that accomplishes your unique goals.

Florida Probate Administration:  In Florida, the probate process is necessary when you or a loved one passes away, and an administration of the estate is necessary. This often occurs because there is either no will present (intestate), or there is a will but the deceased has left assets behind in his or her sole name without any named beneficiaries. This situation can prove extremely stressful for surviving heirs of an estate. The Legacy Law Firm helps remove this burden by assisting them throughout a probate proceeding. We can handle the entire probate matter virtually, from start to finish.

Contact Us:  Contact us today by scheduling a consultation using the form below. We look forward to working with you on your legacy goals and related estate needs.

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ELDER LAW | PROBATE | ESTATE PLANNING

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“My personal experiences have fueled my desire to help as many people as I can - that is my purpose.“

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You do.  The future is unforeseen and the best way to ensure your wishes will be honored is to take the time to plan ahead. Your age or wealth should not be the deciding factor when it comes to creating an estate plan.  Instead, focus on what your goal is and meet with an attorney to learn how you can accomplish it through a comprehensive estate plan. Perhaps you are concerned about your minor child, entering your retirement years, are recently divorced or married, recovering from an illness or building your wealth – estate planning is beneficial for everyone.

Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased individual’s estate. The probate process is designed to wrap up the decedent’s affairs after satisfying any outstanding debts.  If a valid Last Will & Testament exists then the court will administer the estate assets in accordance with the wills’ terms. If the individual passed away without a valid will then Florida law will determine who is entitled to receive the estate assets. This process is public and can be both costly and time consuming.

Probate can be avoided through proper planning that is completed during your lifetime.  Utilizing a Revocable Trust, naming proper beneficiaries on qualified accounts, and owning certain property jointly are some ways in which the probate court can be avoided.  If probate avoidance is one of your goals then schedule a strategy session with our firm today to further discuss your options.

The cost of probate is determined by evaluating the specifics of each case.  Some factors that contribute to the cost of probate include the overall value of the estate assets and the complexity of the case at hand.  It is best to have an attorney evaluate your specific case in order to provide a proper quote.  If you feel as though you may have a probate matter and need assistance, please send us more information on your potential case using our Free Case Evaluation Form below.

The value of the estate, the case specifics and even the county where the individual passed away affect the duration of a probate case. It is best to have an attorney review your specific case. Please send us more information on your potential case using our Free Case Evaluation Form below.

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