If you are concerned about how the accumulated rewards of a life time worth of hard work will be handled after your passing, seek the immediate help of an attorney. If you live in Clearwater, this is doubly true, because Florida estate law is anything but simple. The law is constantly changing, and keeping up with it is the hallmark of great lawyer. After more than 25 years, you can believe that Gary Fernald has made it a point to keep up with all the details to protect you and your family. Every state is different, so having an experienced local attorney handle your estate is a good idea.
Depending on the level of complexity of your estate, your attorney may offer you several different options. A will might be sufficient for a simple estate that includes fewer assets and only one beneficiary. On the other hand, if you think you will have a lot to pass on to your heirs and are concerned with taxes, a living trust could be the right choice. When you sit down to discuss the details with Gary Fernald in his Clearwater office, he can walk you through the pros and cons of the different options that are available to you. No matter what you settle on, estate planning in one form or another is a prudent, if not indispensable, measure for anyone, and choosing a seasoned lawyer to help you understand how the laws in Florida are written and interpreted is a critical first step. One of the best things you can do to take care of your family in the uncertain future after you are gone is to be have your affairs clearly in order and that there is no mistake as to your intentions and it legally wired tight.