Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

210 South Beach Street, Suite 202
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 257-3332

Personal Representative

Thank you to Heidi and her team for patiently working with me during a difficult situation. Our beloved Mother passed away and we needed to settle her estate, transfer property title, and create a will and trust. We were able to perform all of these activities over mail and telephone calls because we had left FLA to visit family in another state.

~ Lori B

Heidi is amazing! She prepared all of our estate documents. She took the time to understand our needs, prepared everything based upon our needs and desires, and explained everything thoroughly, yet in terms that were easily understood. I HIGHLY recommend Heidi! She's very knowledgeable, professional and accessible. She also has an amazing staff!

~ Merry S

ASK HEIDI: What is the number one mistake most people make regarding their Estate Plan?

Short Answer:  Not naming a beneficiary or keeping their beneficiaries up to date on their contractual “non-probate” assets is the most significant mistake that folks routinely make regarding their Estate Planning.

Why it’s Important:   If you own contractual assets that include a beneficiary designation, it is important to name your beneficiaries and keep them updated; otherwise, you could omit a later-born child, leave assets to someone else’s estate or create a situation where there is no beneficiary because certain life events void beneficiary designations (divorce for example) and then your assets will transfer according to the contract’s default beneficiary provision –most likely the intestate succession laws under your state’s law. Retirement accounts are an example.

When you meet with your Estate Planning Attorney, discuss ALL your assets, not just what you think you should discuss –everything needs to be included in your Estate Planning and your attorney can only give the proper legal advice if they know all the facts. If you have questions regarding this issue or any Estate Planning issue and live in the Daytona Beach area, give me a call to schedule a free consultation.  

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