Garland & Padelford, Attorneys, LLC, has been exclusively focused on elder law, estate planning services and the legal needs of retirees for more than 20 years. Our lawyers consider themselves to be blessed because they truly enjoy both their work and their clients.
Working With You
Managing your estate does not have to be difficult or time consuming. We will work with you to find ways to handle the details and future changes in a manner that suits your needs and your lifestyle. For example: a tangible personal property list. A valid legal supplement, it acts like an addendum to a will by listing all of the items you own and the individuals you have named to receive them. Changes to this list can be made in the comfort of your own home.
Our lawyers are for appointments in your home, nursing home or another location more convenient to you. Meetings can be scheduled during regular business hours, or arranged by appointment during evenings and on weekends.
Our lawyers will take the time to listen to your concerns and to go over the details of your estate. We will provide straightforward and honest information about the risks your estate may be facing and the options available to you such as:
- Safe harbors — In this day and age, it is natural to be concerned about losing your assets to unethical or criminal investment schemes. We can evaluate your estate plan and identify any assets that are at risk of being claimed by creditors during probate. We will also work with your accountant and other financial professional to help you understand your legal options and provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision about creating safe harbors for your investments.
- Trusts — A trust will allow you to control your assets, how they are managed, who receives them, when they are passed on and the terms under which they are transferred.
- Wills — It is a common misconception that having a will prevents your estate from going into probate. Also, if you do not have a will the state of Florida will not assume ownership of your assets. However, the probate court will distribute your assets according to a standard list of priorities and beneficiaries. Having a properly executed will in place is the only way to ensure that your assets are distributed to the beneficiaries of your choice.
Experienced Manatee County Estate Planning Attorneys
From our offices in Bradenton, Florida, Garland & Padelford, Attorneys, LLC, represents clients throughout Southwest Florida. Contact us toll free at 888-351-5027 to arrange an initial consultation with experienced Bradenton will and trust attorneys.