Bradenton Probate Attorneys

The lawyers at Garland & Padelford have more than 80 years of combined experience in elder law. We have been exclusively focusing on the legal issues faced by retirees for more than 20 years. The Golden Rule is the philosophy behind everything we do. It is the reason why our practice is committed to providing every client with direct personal attention in a respectful and professional manner. Our lawyers feel blessed in their work because they truly enjoy interacting with clients and finding practical solutions to legal challenges.

Addressing Your Probate Concerns

Taking an estate through the probate process can be time consuming and costly. If a person passes away without a will, then the state will take over and make final decisions about how the assets are managed and who they are distributed to. These decisions are based on a standard list of procedures and not the wishes of the deceased or his or her family. There are ways to maintain more control over the distribution of your estate, protect assets and streamline the process such as:

  • Wills — The first step in any estate plan is writing a will. This is the only way to ensure that your wishes are legally documented. If a will exists, the state will use it as a road map for distributing assets and making final decisions on any disputes that may arise.
  • Trusts — Setting up a trust provides more control over your assets both during and after death. It provides additional protection for assets that may be vulnerable to creditors' claims. It also allows you to manage and access your assets throughout your life while smoothly transferring those assets to your beneficiaries after you pass away.

Our lawyers will take the time to listen to your concerns and examine the details of your estate. We provide a straightforward and honest assessment of the strengths and risks we have identified. Working in cooperation with your accountant and other financial professionals, we will develop a comprehensive plan that achieves your primary legal goals.

Experienced Sarasota Trust Administration Lawyers

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 probate lawyers.