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Many people think they simply cannot afford a Florida estate planning attorney to help them put together specific Florida estate planning documents that direct where their property goes after their death. However, did you know you can prepare your own estate plan with the assistance of a Florida estate planning legal document service provider?

Generally, the basic estate planning documents include the following documents:

Will – which specifies who you want to inherit your property upon your death

Health Care Directive – names someone else to make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated

Living Will – indicates what your wishes are when you are faced with end-of life sustaining treatment

Power of Attorney – names someone else legal authority to act in your place

Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian – Names someone to be your legal guardian if a court determines that you need one

Fortunately, if you know exactly what you want to happen when you die, you can save yourself hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, in hiring a Florida estate planning legal document preparer to prepare your last will and testament, power of attorney, living will, pre-need guardian, and health care directives for a fraction of the price.

What Is Estate Planning? Everyone has an “estate.” Everything you own form part of your estate: Investments, Furniture your home, your car, any other real estate you may have including saving accounts, life insurance, and personal belongings. It’s a good idea for people of all ages to have an estate plan. An estate plan is simply a properly executed record of how you would like your property to be distributed after your death. If you die without an estate plan, your property with be distributed based on the Florida laws of intestacy, and that might not be what you would have wanted. For example, if you have no close relatives, your property might go to a cousin you don’t even like, rather than a close friend you might have chosen. People put off making an estate plan because they think they need to pay thousands of dollars to hire a lawyer. You can save a great deal of money by acting as your own attorney and enlisting the assistance of an experienced Florida estate planning document preparer to help you.

Last Will and Testament

The most basic element of an estate plan is a Last Will and Testament. This document will detail exactly how you would like your personal property (car, furniture, music collection, artwork, etc.) to be distributed upon your death. You can be as specific as you’d like. Give your Bob Dylan records to your niece, Shari, who collects old vinyl and your vegan cookbooks to Sally, your college roommate. You can cut somebody out of your Will if you’d like. It’s your property and your right to distribute it as you please. It’s important to ensure that the Will is valid. There is a great deal of information available online about how to draft and execute a Will in Florida, so it is often done by individuals without a lawyer. When drafting your own Will without an attorney, it’s helpful to enlist the assistance of an experienced Florida last will and testament forms specialist.

Guardians for Children and Advanced Directives

In addition to distribution of property, an estate plan can state your wishes in other areas. If a parent dies or becomes incapacitated, leaving minor children, the court will make the decision about who the guardian will be, but great weight will be given to the wishes of a parent. Also, it is always best if you can have a pre-need guardian form prepared so as nominate a preneed guardian of the person or property to serve if the minor’s last surviving parent becomes incapacitated or dies. Advanced directives and powers of attorney can ensure that your healthcare is handled in the manner you choose, should you become unable to make these decisions on your own. If you are need help preparing a Florida durable power of attorney form, Florida designation of health care surrogate form, Florida living will form please obtain the assistance of a professional Florida estate planning nonlawyer service to help you.

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