Broward County Estate Lawyer

Estate planning is not something that most people like to think about. It can be daunting, perplexing, and even frightening to confront the truth of your mortality and legacy. Yet estate planning is also a vital act of love and responsibility. It safeguards your assets and your beneficiaries from uncertainty and conflict. Importantly, whether you know it or not, estate planning is not exclusive to the rich or the elderly; it’s for anyone who values their kin, their possessions, and their well-being. Estate planning is not a static affair, either. It’s a dynamic process that demands regular revisions and amendments as your life evolves. That is why you need a seasoned Broward County estate lawyer in your corner. An estate planning lawyer is a legal professional who specializes in helping you create, maintain, and execute a comprehensive plan for your estate. Contact The Probate Lawyers today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.

Estate Lawyer | Protecting Your Legacy & Giving Your Peace of Mind

Many people wonder whether they truly need to hire an attorney to help them craft their estate plan. The truth is, estate planning is a complex area of law that should only be approached with a knowledgeable attorney in your corner. An estate planning lawyer can help you navigate the legal requirements and avoid costly mistakes and advise you on the best strategies and tools to effectively protect your legacy for generations to come.

Important Estate Planning Documents & Services We Cover

There is a wide range of estate planning documents available, each serving as a different type of legal instrument to ensure your assets are handed down appropriately and that you, as well as your loved ones, are taken care of. Some of the most common (and important) estate planning documents are as follows:


A will is a document that allows you to name beneficiaries for your property, appoint guardians for your minor children, designate an executor for your estate, and specify how you want your debts and taxes to be paid upon your passing. A will only takes effect upon your death and must first go through probate, which is a court-supervised process of validating and administering your estate. It’s critical to have a competent estate planning lawyer draft up your will, as attempting to do so without an attorney will only increase the likelihood of you making certain mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes, no matter how small they may seem, can have a drastic impact on your will when the time comes to pass your assets down to beneficiaries.


A trust is essentially a legal contract that allows you to transfer your property to a trustee, who will then hold and manage that property for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. A trust can be created during your lifetime (living trust) or upon your death (testamentary trust). There are several benefits to creating trusts, including helping you avoid probate, reducing taxes that your loved ones will have to pay, protecting assets from creditors or lawsuits, and providing for minor or disabled beneficiaries, such as through special needs trusts. The Probate Lawyers can walk you through the different types of trusts and help you determine which is right for you.

Powers of Attorney

Through a power of attorney, you (the principal or grantor) will appoint an agent (someone you trust) to act on your behalf in financial or legal matters. A power of attorney can be general (giving broad authority) or specific (giving limited authority). A power of attorney can also be durable (remaining effective even if you become incapacitated) or non-durable (ending if you become incapacitated).

Advance Healthcare Directives

Advance healthcare directives are a fantastic means to ensure your wishes and preferences for end-of-life medical care are realized. Essentially, in an advance healthcare directive, you can outline the specific types of medical treatment you’re willing (or unwilling) to receive, should you ever become incapacitated or terminally ill. You can include other documents in your advance healthcare directive, such as a living will and a healthcare proxy, which, together, will make up a comprehensive advance healthcare directive.

Remarriage Protection

After a person gets divorced, they will often modify their estate plan to ensure their assets would go to the appropriate beneficiaries. They may also wish to change the person listed as their power of attorney or the person named in their advance healthcare directive. That being said, if the time has come for you to remarry, you have a lot to consider, including how you wish to protect or distribute your assets this time around. The Probate Lawyers can help you make a plan.


A guardianship gives a person the right to make certain financial or medical decisions on behalf of another person to protect their well-being. You can establish a guardianship in your will for your minor children, i.e. someone who you would want to care for and raise your children, should you be unable to do so on your own, or you can establish a guardianship for an incapacitated adult.

Pet Trusts

Pets, in many ways, are family members. Just as you’d create a guardianship to ensure your minor children are cared for, you should consider drafting a pet trust to ensure a trusted loved one is formally appointed to care for your beloved pet, should you pass away or become incapacitated while your pet is still alive.

Estate Tax Planning

You’d be amazed at how far a comprehensive estate tax planning strategy can go. One of the primary purposes of crafting an estate plan is to ensure your loved ones receive as much of your assets as possible, and estate tax planning is a fantastic way to do so.

Special Needs Planning

If you have a loved one with special needs, you want to ensure they’re taken care of when you’re no longer able to do so on your own. There are several ways to do so, such as by creating special needs trusts, which can ensure your loved one has access to your financial assets without losing the government benefits they need.

Contact an Estate Planning Lawyer Today

Here at The Probate Lawyers we understand that estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, every single person requires a customized plan that accurately and comprehensively reflects their values and priorities. An estate planning lawyer from The Probate Lawyers can help you create a plan that is tailored to your specific needs so you can have the peace of mind you deserve. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with personalized service and attention throughout the process, and if you need a lawyer who will actively listen to your concerns and come up with a strategy to realize your wishes, look no further than our firm. Contact us today so we can get started protecting your legacy for future generations. We represent clients in Broward County and throughout Florida, including in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Collier County, and Hendry County.

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