Providing for your loved ones should be a top priority. Likewise, you should have healthcare directives in place to ensure you are cared for in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
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Both a Will and a Revocable Trust are written documents that direct how your property will be distributed at the time of your death, according to your wishes. As opposed to a trust that is in effect during your lifetime, a Will is only in effect after your death.
Both documents are effective to pass your assets to your loved ones.Learn More
We can help you with all aspects of Probate and Trust Law. Organization and Preparation will provide a smooth transition process.
When the time comes, you will need a trustworthy firm to prepare proper notices to the beneficiaries, quickly implement the wishes of the deceased and provide an orderly distribution of assets.Learn More
Attorney Sarah E. Williams is a lawyer and a Ph.D. Her well-regarded law practice is focused on providing constant consideration of both your immediate needs and your long term interest in Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate. Sarah Williams has one of the most popular and fastest growing law practices in St. Petersburg, Florida, focusing on estate planning, including wills, trusts and probate. She regularly provides seminars on these and related topics throughout the Tampa Bay area. Sarah Williams graduated from Stetson University College of Law, Summa Cum Laude in 1996.
At Stetson, she served on the Law Review and received numerous academic awards. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida in 1977 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University in 1980. Prior to practicing law, Dr. Williams was a clinical and research speech-language pathologist at Bay Pines Veteran's Hospital and a university professor. Her research, practice and teaching concentrated on the speech and language disorders associated with aging. She is the author of over 30 published scientific articles and has been awarded numerous grants for research in aphasia (language impairment after stroke) and head and neck cancer.
Although you may not yet be married or have children, you also have planning needs. Once you reach the age of 18, your parents cannot speak on your behalf or make medical decisions for you in emergency situations unless you have given them the authority to do so through a Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Surrogate. As young adults, you may be involved in a car accident or sustain an injury or illness that leaves you without the ability to manage your own affairs. You have the opportunity to name an agent (such as parent, sibling, or friend) to act on your behalf in the event of these unforeseen life events.
Many of my clients who are entering the final years of their lives make appointments for “planning,” but do not seem to be the least bit interested in discussing their financial assets, real estate holdings and valuables. When asked to list or discuss these items for the purpose of completing an estate plan on their behalf, they ask, “Why is this information needed to complete my plan?” As a new lawyer a decade or so ago, I was baffled...Read More
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