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The Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A. advises and represents clients in all areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates such as simple wills, living wills, drafting wills, trusts, prenuptial agreements, administering trusts and handling probate matters. Our offices are located in Key West and Miami. If you need help drafting a will or trust or need help in a probate matter, our experienced attorneys can help.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING UP AN ESTATE PLAN OFTEN BECOMES APPARENT AFTER IT IS TOO LATE. OUR GOAL IS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE BEST WAY TO PLAN AHEAD AND PROTECT YOUR AND YOUR FAMILY’S ASSETS AND FUTURE.

Our Key West estate planning attorneys work hard for you and your family at the Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A. Depending on your assets, whether large or small, we can help design the proper estate planning tools to help in your preparation. Our Florida Keys law firm and its probate, wills, trust and estates attorneys will offer you competitive rates no matter what legal needs you have. Let us help you save your hard earned money and have it distributed according to your plan and desires.

Estate Planning… Definitely Not Just For the Wealthy

Many people are put off by the term “Estate Planning” and mistakenly believe it to be something reserved solely for the wealthy.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Estate planning simply means taking steps to be in control of what will happen under various circumstances, regardless of the size of your estate.  Simple, affordable documents can be implemented that will save you and your loved ones significant amounts of time and money.

Here are a few of the important documents you should consider:

  • Last Will & Testament:  Wills DO NOT help you to avoid probate, but they DO allow you the opportunity to decide who will be in charge of your estate and to whom your estate should pass.  Without one, it is up to the State’s “laws of intestacy” to dictate.  A Will also allows you to set forth preferred guardians for your children and  provide that assets going to your children can be held in trust for their health, maintenance and education.  While having a Will in place does not avoid the need for probate, a Revocable Living Trust can (See below).
  • Durable Power of Attorney & Designation of Healthcare Surrogate These important documents can help avoid the need for a guardianship proceeding if you become incapacitated.  Many people assume that a spouse can automatically take care of financial & healthcare matters for their ill-spouse, but that is not the case.  Guardianship proceedings are costly and pose on-going obligations for filing accountings and reports with the Court.
  • Living Will:  A Living Will allows you to dictate that under certain circumstances, you do not wish for artificial life-prolonging means to be used to keep you alive.  This can help ease the burden of your loved-ones having to make such a decision.
  • Revocable Living Trusts Not everyone needs a Trust (or Trusts) in their estate plan, but unlike a Will, a properly drafted and funded Trust may help you to avoid the need for probate.  Probate costs money (including court costs and attorneys fees), takes time, and makes the debts and assets of your estate a matter of public record.  Trusts can save time and money, and help maintain privacy.  Trusts may also help avoid, or reduce, estate taxes.

The above documents are not meant to be an exhaustive list of items in your estate plan, but they provide an overview of the basics.

PROPER ESTATE PLANNING REQUIRES THAT EACH CLIENT’S CIRCUMSTANCES AND NEEDS BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION, INCLUDING:

  • Special Concerns Related to Seniors – The Possible Need for Future Nursing Home Care
  • Unique Issues Faced by Domestic Partners – Lack of State and Federal Law Protection for Partners
  • Whether this is a First or Subsequent Marriage 
  • Protecting Your Children’s Share of Your Estate
  • Protecting the Share Going to Incapacitated Beneficiaries

 

In the representation of our clients regarding Wills, Trusts and Estates, we include the following legal services:

  • Wills & trusts preparation
  • Guardianships
  • Gifting of assets
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Designation of healthcare surrogates
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Medicaid trust creation
  • Probate administration

Be on the lookout for our next seminar on:

ESTATE PLANNING

  • WHAT IS IT?
  • WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

PROBATE PROCESS

  • WHAT IS IT?
  • HOW CAN YOU AVOID IT?

PROPERTY OWNERSHIP

UNDERSTANDING TITLING OF PROPERTY

The Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A. advises and represents clients in all areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates such as simple wills, living wills, drafting wills, trusts, prenuptial agreements, administering trusts and handling probate matters. Our offices are located in Key West and Miami. If you need help drafting a will or trust or need help in a probate matter, our experienced attorneys can help.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING UP AN ESTATE PLAN OFTEN BECOMES APPARENT AFTER IT IS TOO LATE. OUR GOAL IS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE BEST WAY TO PLAN AHEAD AND PROTECT YOUR AND YOUR FAMILY’S ASSETS AND FUTURE.

Our Key West estate planning attorneys work hard for you and your family at the Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A. Depending on your assets, whether large or small, we can help design the proper estate planning tools to help in your preparation. Our Florida Keys law firm and its probate, wills, trust and estates attorneys will offer you competitive rates no matter what legal needs you have. Let us help you save your hard earned money and have it distributed according to your plan and desires.

In the representation of our clients regarding Wills, Trusts and Estates, we include the following legal services:

  • Wills & trusts preparation
  • Guardianships
  • Gifting of assets
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Designation of healthcare surrogates
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Medicaid trust creation
  • Probate administration

We often hold seminars on:

ESTATE PLANNING

  • WHAT IS IT?
  • WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

PROBATE PROCESS

  • WHAT IS IT?
  • HOW CAN YOU AVOID IT?

PROPERTY OWNERSHIP

UNDERSTANDING TITLING OF PROPERTY

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