Do I Really Need A Will?

Although Florida's state law does not require you to have an established will, the benefits to you and your loved ones far outweigh the time and effort. With a will in place, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is cared for and your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Additional benefits of a will includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Avoid a lengthy and costly probate process
  • Avert or curtail any potential fights over your estate
  • Appoint a guardian for your minor children should you and your spouse pass away
  • Reduce estate taxes
  • Prevent further legal issues

Because a will can outline more than just what to do with your financial assets, it's important to keep in mind that wealth is not the only reason or incentive to plan your estate.

Where Do I Even Begin?

The most important thing to understand is your will sets the legal guidelines for how your estate should be handled and that such a serious matter should be done with great care under the guidance of a skilled lawyer. Though a "fill-in-the-blank" document found online may seem inexpensive and easy, these are not tailored to your specific needs and may not cover situations that apply only to you and your loved ones.

Seeking out an attorney to assist you with drafting your will assures that all the details are accounted for and your concerns are addressed. Reach out to me, H. Frank Winn Jr., to learn more about your estate planning options and what services I can provide you or your loved ones. Use my online contact form or call me at 850-462-3189 to schedule a free consultation at my Pensacola office today.