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The Power and Flexibility to Craft a Customized Estate Plan That Respects Your Wishes

Creating a will is an essential part of estate planning, a process often overlooked by many. At Drude Tomori Law in St. Petersburg, we strive to ensure that our clients understand the importance of having a will and the multiple benefits it can provide. Guided by our lead attorney, Rachel Drude-Tomori, our firm focuses on estate planning, elder law, and probate law in Florida, including wills and other essential components. Rachel’s aptitude for creative problem-solving, combined with her empathetic approach, enables her to develop tailored solutions that best suit the individual needs, goals, and family dynamics of each client.

A will, at its core, is a legal document that communicates your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets after death. It serves as a blueprint, detailing who gets what, and can have a profound impact on your loved ones. Learn more below, and reach out to Drude Tomori Law to talk about your plans for the future for you and your family.

What a Will Can Do for You

Distribution of Assets: This is the most basic function of a will. You can specify who will receive your assets, from bank accounts and real estate to personal belongings. Without a will, your assets will be divided according to the state’s intestate laws, which might not align with your wishes.

Nomination of an Executor: A will allows you to nominate an executor (a personal representative of the estate) who will carry out the terms of your will, manage your estate, and distribute assets.

Guardianship of Minors: If you have minor children, a will enables you to name a guardian for them. This is crucial to ensure that your children are cared for by someone you trust.

Charitable Donations: If you wish to leave a legacy or support a cause close to your heart, you can specify charitable contributions in your will.

Clarity and Minimized Disputes: By clearly defining your wishes, a will can minimize potential disputes among family members, mitigating stress and conflict during a challenging time.

Legal Requirements for a Valid Will in Florida

Under Florida law, for a will to be valid, it must meet specific requirements:

Age and Mental Capacity: The testator (the person creating the will) must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind, meaning they understand the nature of their assets and the consequences of their decisions.

Written Document: The will must be in writing. Although oral wills (nuncupative wills) and handwritten wills (holographic wills) may be recognized in some states, Florida law generally does not acknowledge them.

Signature: The testator must sign the will at the end. If the testator cannot sign, another person can sign on their behalf in their presence and under their direction.

Witnesses: The will must be signed by at least two witnesses, present at the same time. They must witness either the signing of the will or the testator’s acknowledgment of the signature or the will itself.

Get a Valid Will Professionally Prepared That Expresses Your Wishes

At Drude Tomori Law, PA, we understand the intricacies of will creation and estate planning. Rachel Drude-Tomori’s unique approach ensures that she truly listens and understands what her clients want and need, creating customized solutions that protect their interests and those of their loved ones. Crafting a will is not a one-size-fits-all process; it’s a personal and profound journey that needs careful consideration and guidance. With Drude Tomori Law by your side, you can navigate this journey with ease and confidence. Contact our office today for help with wills in St. Petersburg and communities throughout Florida, including Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Miami.

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