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Experienced Florida Trust and Estates Attorney Draft Your Last Will and Testament

A legal will outlines your personal preferences in the event of death or incapacity. Our attorney delivers comprehensive legal representation on a range of legal instruments to specify your personal preferences at death or incapacity, including but not limited to healthcare surrogacy, pre-need guardian and living will applications.

Bartow estate planning lawyer helps you prepare your family for the future

A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative e.g., a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet — and the decisions the court makes might not reflect your desires.

Lynn W. Rhodes, P.A. can assist you by drafting a valid will to ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will

As your life evolves, so may your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, parenthood status, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointing a guardian

Your will allows you to make decisions about the future care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or in the event that both parents die in a common incident. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints one, who may make parental decisions contrary to what you would have wanted. In your will, you can also make arrangements for the care of your pets, naming a guardian to take responsibility for them.

Creating an optimal estate plan

Drafting an effective will requires more than filling in a form. If a court determines that your will is invalid, your desires will not be honored upon your death. I meticulously draft your will and consider all aspects of your estate plan. I review your family arrangements, financial situation and philosophical goals to guide you in making the best estate planning decisions, and draft your will accordingly.

Florida Estate Planning Lawyers Help Prepare Advance Directives

Bartow law firm enabling families to make decisions when a loved one is incapacitated

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to clearly articulate your preferences regarding lifesaving medical interventions. Many people don’t include advance directives when estate planning, but they are crucial documents that can save your family heartache during a medical crisis. No one wants to force their family to make a hasty decision under extreme duress. Lynn W. Rhodes, P.A. advises you on the various contingencies you can address in an advance directive so that a clear plan exists for your treatment if you lose the ability to communicate.

Attorneys empowering people to manage their own medical and financial concerns

Advance directives can set forth instructions on various matters and come in several forms, including:

  • Living wills. This document states what kind of medical care you are to receive should you be too sick or injured to express your wishes. It is not a will in the conventional sense as it does not distribute property and is meant to be executed while the person is alive.
  • Durable powers of attorney. In the event that you are not able to participate in decisions about your medical treatment or financial matters, this authorizes someone you trust to make choices on your behalf.
  • Do not resuscitate orders. If someone is terminally ill or too frail to recover from physically taxing forms of intervention, a DNR instructs medical personnel to refrain from performing CPR and other lifesaving measures.

Lynn W. Rhodes, P.A. will take the time to discuss each of these options so that you can be comfortable that every item you wish to address is covered appropriately.

Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer

Lynn W. Rhodes, P.A. serves clients in Bartow and throughout . Call 863-578-5120 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my office.