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From An Estate Plan To Probate: We Can Help

Protecting your family requires advance estate planning that is tailored to meet your needs. If you are dealing with the death or incapacity of an aging parent, friend or relative, you also need skilled legal assistance to navigate a difficult time.

The attorneys at Meador Johnson & Bushnell, P.A., can help you with all of the legal details. We have significant experience helping families in Pensacola and communities from the Gulf Coast to the Emerald Coast of Florida with these difficult issues.

An estate plan may include a last will and testament, a durable power of attorney for financial decisions and a living will, health care surrogate designation for medical decisions and possibly a trust (for instance, a special needs trusts may protect a child with severe autism). You may also consider organ donation.

What Is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is preparing in advance for incapacity and end-of-life decisions. By planning ahead, you will alleviate the burden on family members making these decisions for you if you fail to plan. Estate planning may reduce the cost of probating your estate at your death or it may be avoided altogether. A properly executed power of attorney avoids costly guardianship proceedings.

Most important, you are in the driver's seat and you can decide who will make decisions for you, how certain events will be handled and who gets your property when you are no longer here.

Probate Administration And Guardianships

When a loved one passes away — with or without an estate plan or will — we can help you deal with administration of the estate. We will explain the steps in the process and offer as much assistance as you need.

Guardianship proceedings are generally necessary when an aging relative or friend can no longer make financial or other important decisions and there is no power of attorney in place. These proceedings may also be necessary for children after the death of a parent or parents, if there wasn't a guardian designation.

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Whether you are planning ahead or dealing with a loss, we can provide pragmatic advice and representation. Get started by calling 850-483-0773 or sending us a message to set up an initial meeting.