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Dade City Estate Planning Lawyer

Serving Pasco County, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills in Wills, Trusts and Estates

Why estate planning?

If you don’t plan in advance where you want your property to go after you die, the state of Florida will decide based on rules set out in Florida law. These rules will distribute your estate to family members in proportions you may not have wanted, and decisions ranging from your funeral and burial to who will care for your children will be made without regard for your wishes. Planning in advance is important to protect your family and all you have earned during your lifetime. Without proper planning, your assets may be depleted upon your illness or incapacity. With an estate plan, you may be able to protect yourself, your assets and your family. Contact our experienced Dade City estate planning lawyers today, we can help.

Why hire an attorney for estate planning?

Television commercials urge you to request their document preparation kits, and the Internet is paved with good intentions and tips on how to draft a will. Yet fill-in-the-blank forms may not be valid under Florida law, and only a licensed attorney can give you legal advice. Making an estate plan without the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney puts your estate plan at risk in two ways: 1) There is a likelihood that your intentions will be frustrated and that your documents will not be carried out the way you wanted them to be; 2) Wills that are not drawn up by a legal professional are likely to be invalid, unenforceable, or open to challenge in probate court. While you intended to simplify the process for your heirs, you’ve only made the process more litigious, delayed and agonizing for those you care about most.

Asset Protection and Medicare/Medicaid Planning

If you, a parent or loved one is in need of nursing home care, preparing an estate plan that protects assets is extremely important. The patient could be required to spend down their assets to qualify for Medicaid and afford long-term care. Laurie R. Chane can assist with Medicaid asset protection so that their assets go far without jeopardizing Medicaid eligibility.

Why hire the Law Office of Laurie R. Chane?

Laurie Chane is an experienced Florida attorney who has been helping individuals and families in Pasco County for more than 25 years. The staff at the Law Office of Laurie R. Chane are detail-oriented, tech-savvy professionals who go to great lengths to understand your needs, explain your options, and deliver high-quality results that meet your goals and objectives. Let us help you protect your assets and secure your future with high-quality, insightful and effective estate planning services.

Call the Law Office of Laurie R. Chane for help with any Florida estate planning matters, including:

Wills – Name an executor for your estate, appoint a guardian for your minor children, and dictate where you want your property to go after you are gone.

Trusts – Avoid or minimize probate, leave property to those whom you know will benefit from it.

Powers of Attorney – Appoint someone you know and trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are incapable of making them for yourself.

Advance Directives – Let family members, doctors and hospitals know how you wish to be treated in a medical emergency, during a period of incapacity, or toward the end of a terminal illness.

Probate – Get professional legal assistance in the myriad of tasks associated with administering an estate. Obtain effective representation in the resolution of will contests or fiduciary disputes.

Comprehensive Elder Law Planning in Dade City and Pasco County

At the Law Office of Laurie R. Chane, we strive to create a comprehensive estate plan that meets all of your needs now and into the future. To schedule a consultation regarding the creation of an estate plan, or for advice and assistance reviewing or revising an existing estate plan, call 352-567-0055. Our Dade City estate planning lawyers serve clients in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and throughout Pasco County, Hillsborough County, and Hernando County.

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