Estate Planning Attorney in Port St. Lucie
Preparing an Estate Plan in Florida
Estate planning has long been one of the most complicated, yet most important areas of law in practice today. That being said, it can be beyond difficult to find a practicing lawyer skilled in matters of this area of the law, let alone one who has ample experience and a wealth of knowledge about estate planning and probate issues. Fortunately, at Crary Buchanan, we can offer you the legal representation required of complex matters regarding estate planning law in the state of Florida. When you contact our firm, a skilled Port St. Lucie lawyer at our office will immediately set to work in the evaluation of your case, taking great care and paying close attention to the details necessary to determine the right course of action for your case. For more than 85 years we have been successfully practicing in this area of the law, attending to matters of every nature.
Our areas of experience and expertise cover a vast range of issues that relate to estate planning and looking after one's property, and our team continually works to stay abreast of the latest developments in trust and estate law. By doing so, we are able to provide our clients with the highest quality of legal representation. The following areas are just some of the ways that our Port St. Lucie estate planning lawyers can help you:
How to Become a Florida Resident
If you are new to the state, you are probably not familiar with all of Florida's state laws and regulations, some of which may pertain to claiming residency in the state. There are several reasons why you should become a Florida resident before you plan your estate, and an estate planning lawyer from our firm can help you file a Declaration of Domicile with the Circuit County clerk.
When the stipulations of a trust are not to your liking or you feel that a trust was established under false pretenses, you can contest the matter under law. This commonly occurs between family members who feel that they have not received the inheritance that they rightfully deserved, or because someone feels that a will was signed under undue influence or distress.
It is not uncommon for the family members of an incapacitated individual to disagree over who should retain guardianship over their sick family member. When an adult becomes ill or incapacitated, it is necessary to appoint a guardian to handle their affairs. Establishing guardianship can be a complex and drawn-out process, and it is wise to enlist the help of a skilled Port St. Lucie attorney for help with this process.
There are several legal matters that will need to be established during the process of probate, including the identification of a decedent's personal property, the repayment of any debts that are owed, and the distribution of any remaining property.
Related Real Property Litigation
As you attempt to resolve matters concerning real property, you will be best represented by a professional litigator with years of experience. Real property litigation can involve homestead determinations, joint owner disputes, partition actions, and other issues as well.
If the establishment or carry through of a trust requires attention from the courts, you should have a litigation attorney by your side to represent you. These complex financial issues will have a direct impact on your future and you can be confident that our firm's 85 years of collective experience will be put to work on your trust litigation matter.
Trust and Wills Disputes
Most of the time, wills and trusts are contested because of hurt feelings. If you family member or loved one did not receive the amount of money or proper they thought they were entitled to, they may attempt to dispute the will or trust. However, there are legitimate reasons to dispute a will, too. If you believe that you have reason to dispute a trust or will, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Port St. Lucie Estate Planning Lawyer
At Crary Buchanan you will be provided with steadfast legal support by a team of lawyers who have been recognized for our high level of ethical practices. The professional standards we hold ourselves to have been acknowledged by clients and peers alike, both of whom have declared their respect for our firm and the work that we do. When you have an estate planning question or legal issue that you would like a professional to address, there may be no better firm in the area to attend to your case than Crary Buchanan.
Our estate planning team is made up of the finest lawyers in the practice. Attorneys Steven D. Beres, James L.S. Bowdish and W. Scott Turnbull have all dedicated their professional careers to attending to the estate planning needs of residents in Florida, particularly those in the Port St. Lucie area. As a full-service law firm, we are prepared to address any and all of your legal needs as they arise, and we will do so with an attention to detail and a knack for success unlike that which you will experience under the representation of any other firm in Florida.
Decades of Estate Planning Experience Working for You
At the firm, our attorneys have considerable experience helping clients with a wide variety of estate planning needs. Attorney Beres has handled more than 3,000 wills, 200 irrevocable trusts (including charitable trusts and life insurance trusts), 1,5000 revocable trusts, and 5,000 ancillary estate planning documents. This experience includes durable powers of attorney, health care directives, trust amendments, and deeds. With more than 500 probate cases behind him, he has the skills to help future clients resolve tough estate planning issues. He has also helped clients with post-death administration of more than 300 trusts and prepared tax returns for estates worth up to $100 million.
To learn more about the logistics of your case and how we may be of assistance, do not hesitate to contact a Port St. Lucie estate planning attorney
at our office today.