You’re Never Too Old, Or Young, For A Will Or Trust

People have many reasons for delaying their estate planning. They say to themselves:

  • “I’m too young.”
  • “I don’t have enough money.”
  • “Estate planning is expensive.”
  • “I’ll deal with it later.”

While these reasons may sound sensible, they don’t hold up under scrutiny. The reality is that most people can benefit from estate planning at any point in their lives. The benefits provided by wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other estate planning document easily outweigh the minor expense of creating them.

I am Carsandra D. Buie, an estate planning lawyer serving Seminole County, Volusia County, and Orange County, in Florida. I help clients from all walks of life, and in all stages of life, to protect their intentions and preserve their legacies using the many useful tools an estate plan can provide.

An Estate Plan Can Improve Your Life

Whether you are a young parent, a middle-aged homeowner, an empty-nester facing retirement, or an older person considering nursing care options for yourself or a spouse, I can provide you with options that will make life better.

Contact me, and we can discuss your cost-effective options for any or all of the following:

  • Wills that can determine how your assets will be distributed after your death
  • Powers of attorney to assign specific duties to chosen individuals in your place, including paying your bills or making health care decisions if you are no longer able to do so
  • Living wills to limit your end-of-life health care according to your wishes
  • Health care directives/surrogacies to define the extent and nature of the health care you receive if you are incapacitated temporarily or permanently, or to authorize an individual (health care surrogate) to make health care decisions on your behalf
  • Trusts to protect and reserve money for specific purposes such as nursing home care for an incapacitated spouse or loved one. Meet with me, and I can discuss your options to create a life insurance trust, special needs trust, charitable trust or other vehicle to ensure your money is used how you want it.
  • Health care plans to protect your assets from nursing home expenses. I can help you or your loved one to qualify for federal Medicaid benefits without depleting your life’s savings
  • Guardianships to ensure that you, your spouse, your minor child or your adult disabled child will be cared for and financially supported if you become incapacitated or die
  • Estate administration/probate administration services. I advise and assist personal representatives, beneficiaries, heirs and others who have an interest in how an estate is managed, both during the estate holder’s life and after death. I offer advice in managing financial accounts, real estate, trusts and other important assets, as well as provide guidance and representation in the probate court proceedings.

Is Your Estate Plan Gathering Dust? I Can Update It.

Life changes quickly, and your circumstances may have changed dramatically since you last updated your will, trust or other planning documents. You may have had children. You may have divorced or remarried. You may have aged a few years, and your goals and needs changed during the interim.

Today is a good day to take stock of your essential documents. Come to me, and I will review your will, trust, powers of attorney, health care directives and other documents. After a brief discussion, I can update them quickly and at a reasonable cost. Meanwhile, you can rest assured that your life plan is current and legally sound.

Simplifying Complex Estate Matters

Estate planning is a particularly complicated area of Florida law. An experienced and knowledgeable estate planning attorney can make the process easier. For more information, contact me in Longwood, Florida, or by calling 800-219-3297 toll free.