Leaving a will is the best way to ensure heirs or descendants may inherit from your estate. Issues of property distribution may arise when a birth parent or adoptive parent dies without making a valid will or without naming an heir to particular property (referred to as intestacy). In these cases, State law determines who may inherit from whom. If you have debt, creating a will can also help your family, heirs, and the state determine how your property should be divided to settle the accounts.
If a person does not have a will or has not adequately planned for the distribution of his or her estate at death, survivors may face a complicated, time-consuming, and costly process. People with minor children need a will to provide for the care of their children upon the death of the parent to avoid costly and emotional proceedings. To provide for surviving friends and relatives, or to support favorite causes or charities, a person should plan for the distribution of his or her estate after death. With planning, an estate can be distributed as fairly as possible with as little tax burden as legally allowed.
- Last Will and Testament
We can help you develop a last will and testament, or the legal document that you create before your death. This document tells your family, friends, and the state what you want to be done with your property, possessions, and minor children in the event of your death. It’s important to have this sorted out with a lawyer so your last wishes are carried out properly.
- Revocable / Irrevocable Living Trusts • Power of Attorney
A living trust is a trust, or fiduciary agreement between three parties, that you make while alive, providing your plans while alive and after death. We can help you determine what will happen to the trust in the event of your death and also help determine who will have the power of attorney.
- Health Care Surrogate
Sometimes, as humans age, they become incapable of making rational decisions about their health care. We can help you make a legal document about who should become your health care surrogate or decision maker in the event that you can no longer make such choices yourself.
- Living Will
A Living Will is the popular name for a document spelling out the general kinds of medical care you would want–or not want–in the event you became unable to communicate with your health care providers. Other names for a Living Will are a “medical directive” or “medical declaration”. It does NOT impact who gets your property or who is your Personal Representative or Guardian of your minor children. Living wills are commonly used in the cases of comas or brain death.
- Probate and Estate Administration
Oftentimes when a person dies, they leave behind debt as well as their possessions. A lawyer can help you determine what happens to this debt (probate) and your possessions (estate) so your loved ones don’t have to worry during their grief.
Guardianship is different from custody. Legal custody is granted to the parent of a child, while guardianship is when an individual is legally made the guardian of a child or another person who is unable to care for themselves as a functioning adult. If you worry about the future of your dependents, we can help you establish a clear preference and legal decision for future guardianship.
If you are in need of any of the above services, please contact attorney Ronald A. Luzim, who has been in the legal profession for over 40 years and is licensed in Florida and New York. He will provide the experience, expertise, and empathy to address your legal needs.
What Is A Living Will?
A Living Will is the popular name for a document spelling out the general kinds of medical care you would want–or not want–in the event you became unable to communicate with your health care providers. Other names for a Living Will are a “medical directive” or “medical declaration”. It does NOT impact who gets your property or who is your Personal Representative or Guardian of your minor children.