When you choose The Legacy Law Firm you’re choosing a team that is dedicated to their clients, compassionate with their approach and has extensive knowledge in elder law, probate law, and estate planning. For almost a decade, our attorney has helped individuals and families plan for the unexpected, protect assets against impoverishment and navigate the probate court system.
Florida Long Term Care & Medicaid Eligibility Planning: Florida Medicaid programs can prove an invaluable resource when you or a loved one needs assistance with obtaining long-term care after retiring. Eligibility planning is crucial if your estate has significant assets that might disqualify you from these benefit programs.
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.
Florida Probate Administration: In Florida, the probate administration often occurs because there is either no will present (an intestate estate), or there is a will (a testate estate) 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.
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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.
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“Crissy made estate planning very easy for my husband and I. The process can be quite confusing but she broke down every document that we needed and explained everything in detail so we could easily understand it. My husband and I highly recommend her for your estate planning needs.” (Read More)
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We needed a Probate attorney to take care of our Will & Testament and we chose The Legacy Law Firm to take care of our needs. Our attorney, Christine Schafer, was an absolute delight to work with. We simply told her what our goals were and she put together the entire package that we needed. She took the time to not only explain each part to us and also why... (Read More)
My family and I had the pleasure of working with Christine Schafer and her great staff. Ms. Schafer was a wealth of information on the law and all of our options. She guided us through all of the areas with clarity and expert legal advice. Her staff prepared everything perfectly and in an easy to follow manner. The Diaz family cannot say enough about Ms. Schafer. We have been friends... (Read More)
Wonderful experience with Crissy and her team. We are so fortunate we used her to help our family plan for our future. She was so informative and really took the time to explain things and make sure we were protected. (Read More)
Working with The Legacy Law Firm to insure our Special Needs Trust was set up for our daughter has been a positive experience, exceeding our expectations. Christine Schafer came highly recommended, I researched her and found she serves on the Board of Directors for Ms. Esquire, is an American Bar Association Scholar, serves on Leadership for the American Bar Association’s Legal Innovation Team and has been recognized by Super Lawyers... (Read More)
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.
If you’re looking to avoid probate, interested in planning for both management of your assets during a time of incapacity and distribution of those assets at your death, more privacy in your planning, asset protection for your beneficiaries – a Revocable Living Trust may be the better option for you. Assets held in a Revocable Living Trust do not pass through the probate court. You can also put restrictions in place to protect underage or irresponsible beneficiaries. Call today to learn more by booking a strategy session with our Attorney.
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