Estate Planning in Pembroke Pines, FL

Frequently asked questions

What is estate planning?

Estate planning includes a variety of things that all of us need to consider in order to make things easy for our family members in the event of our demise or incapacity.

When should I start the process of planning my estate?

You should start the process of planning your estate when you own property of any kind or have minor children you should start the process.

What are the key aspects or parts of an estate?

There are three main aspects of estate planning:

  • First, planning for our incapacity.
  • Second, planning for end-of-life decisions.
  • Third, planning for our death.

What happens if I die without a will?

If you die without a will in the state of Florida and you own property in your individual name the property will be distributed to your next of kin in a manner required by Florida law. Therefore, your assets may or may not end up in the hands of the people you intended it for.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a document that you allows you to appoint someone who can sign legal or financial documents (within limits) on your behalf, or make legal or financial decisions on your behalf.

Are there different types of powers of attorney?

Yes, there are different types of powers of attorney. For example:

A durable power of attorney is typically used when an individual is suffering from a mental or physical incapacity that prohibits them from signing documents or understanding documents that require their signature.

A limited power of attorney is typically used for a single transaction, such as a court appearance, or real estate closing and can be given regardless of incapacity.

Do I need a declaration of healthcare surrogate?

Yes, you need a declaration of healthcare surrogate. If you become incapacitated to the extent that you cannot give informed consent to medical treatment or procedures, the declaration of healthcare directive surrogate allows an individual, who you appoint in advance of your incapacity, who make those decisions for you as well as have access to your medical records.