Estate Planning and Probate Litigation
Your Source for Estate Planning and Probate Litigation
As a full-service law firm, RTRLAW is your one-stop shop for all your legal needs, including helping you set up a proper end-of-life plan for you and your family. An estate plan will help protect your assets during your life and distribute your assets to your loved ones upon your death, and it also may allow your estate to avoid probate in the courts after you die. RTRLAW also assists clients with Estate and Trust Administration and Probate Litigation.
Helping You Create Your Estate Plan
RTRLAW can assist clients with creating an estate plan including a Last Will and Testament (will) or trust, as well as Advance Directive documents, which can help you plan for the future should you become incapacitated due to a serious injury, illness, or dementia. These essential documents can help your family avoid conflicts after you die, inform your loved ones about your healthcare wishes, or name a person to make important healthcare and financial decisions for you if you can’t make them yourself.
A will or trust puts down in black and white what assets you have and who you want them to go to when you pass away. Trusts, either revocable or irrevocable, can be set up while you’re alive and can help your family avoid the probate process after you die. A trust and trustee can manage your assets if you become incapacitated or will distribute your assets to your heirs after you die.
Setting Up Your Advance Directives
Do you know who will make decisions for you if you’re in a serious accident and end up in a vegetative state, or become incapacitated because of another injury, illness or dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease? It’s not a given that your spouse, parents or adult children will be able to make decisions for you. Or perhaps you don’t want them to make decisions for you but would choose someone else altogether? To make sure your choices are spelled out in writing, every adult over age 18 should have the following Advance Directive legal documents:
- Durable Power of Attorney – this document names a person who can make legal or financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated;
- Designation of Healthcare Surrogate – this document names a person who can make medical decisions for you if you are unconscious or mentally or physically unable to make healthcare decisions;
- Living Will – this document lets your loved ones and doctors/healthcare facilities know if you want to be kept alive by extraordinary means or not;
- HIPAA Representative Form – this document names the people who are allowed to know about your medical care; and
- Designation of Pre-Need Guardian – this document names a person who can take care of you and make decisions for your day-to-day needs as you age or become incapacitated or infirm.
RTRLAW’s attorneys can assist clients with creating their wills, trusts and Advance Directive documents on a flat-fee basis. Please contact us for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll free at 833-HIRE-RTR.
Our attorneys are available to meet with clients by phone or video conference or in person at one of our seven convenient office locations in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Miami or Jacksonville.
Trust and Estate Administration and Probate Litigation
Families are often under incredible stress after the death of a loved one and may not know where to turn for help with probating a will or administering a trust. In addition, some estates can be quite complex and time-consuming, not to mention costly, to administer.
RTRLAW represents family members, individual fiduciaries, personal representatives/executors, beneficiaries of wills and others connected with probating a will or estate.
RTRLAW’s experienced attorneys can explain how the process works in the courts and can help make the whole probate process easier and less frustrating for you. We can be your advocate in court and ensure that your interests or those of your beneficiaries are protected after you pass away.
In the event of a contested will or estate, a dispute among family members or if an action is needed to remove a fiduciary advisor or personal representative, RTRLAW’s attorneys can engage in litigation for you to protect your rights and hold wrongdoers accountable. We also represent family members who believe another has interfered with an estate plan or may have had undue influence over a loved one before they passed away (such as if a new spouse convinced your loved one to cut you or a family member out of the will, or if someone has accused you of interfering or exerting undue influence over someone).
After a loved one passes, there may be conflicts or disagreements between heirs or siblings serving as co-trustees or co-personal representatives. If one person is behaving improperly or making unilateral decisions, we can advocate on behalf of that other person to protect and preserve their rights and responsibilities.
RTRLAW can represent you in these types of disputes and will help protect you and ensure you get what you are entitled to from your loved one’s estate.
Beneficiaries of a will or trust also have the right to question the fiduciary or person in charge of handling a trust and estate administration (e.g., a personal representative/executor, trustee, or an agent under a power of attorney). If you are a beneficiary and believe the fiduciary of an estate has breached his or her duty, you can file a surcharge action in the courts to remedy the situation. The court, if it finds in your favor, can order the fiduciary to repair any damage. RTRLAW’s attorneys can assist you with surcharge actions and represent you at court.
Contact RTRLAW Today
RTRLAW’s attorneys advise our clients on a wide range of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, and Probate Litigation services. Our attorneys can meet with clients at one of our seven convenient offices in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Miami or Jacksonville.