Last Will and Testament
Last Will and Testament in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota and surrounding West Florida areas.
A Last Will and Testament is a written document that distributes certain assets to named beneficiaries upon your death, and designates a personal representative to assist in this distribution after satisfying any debts or expenses. A will can also serve to designate a guardian for any minor children or any property bequeathed to such minor children. Certain assets are not governed by a will if they already have specified beneficiaries, such as payable on death accounts, transfer on death accounts, joint and survivorship accounts, jointly owned property, life estates, pension/retirement plans, or insurance beneficiaries.
A will is a necessary document to ensure that you have control over your assets upon death. Should you die without a will (or “intestate”), the laws of the state where you reside determine the distribution of your assets. Additionally, each state differs in its requirements for a valid will. Therefore, simply using a form from the internet, which may save you money initially, can lead to unexpected financial and emotional hardship in the future if the will is later determined to be invalid.
If you need assistance with or have concerns about a Last Will and Testament, please contact our office, as our attorneys routinely plan Last Will and Testament documents for clients in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota and the surrounding West Florida areas.