Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

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

Personal Representative

My father lived in Daytona Beach for years and passed away in December. My family lives in West Virginia and we needed a lawyer to assist us with his estate. I did a Google search for lawyers in Daytona and started calling. The first two offices I called I had to leave a voicemail, neither returned my call. I called Heidi’s office and a real live person answered the phone. I told her what I needed and she promptly scheduled me a phone call with Heidi. Knowing we were not from the area, in fact 700 miles away she went above and beyond in assisting us. We were kept well informed and she collaborated with our realtor to make sure everything was in line. A+++

~ Curt M

Heidi was highly recommended to us as an estate lawyer, and we couldn't be happier in choosing Heidi to set up a trust plan for us. Though professional, she's warm and friendly, making the entire process stress free, explaining everything in terms that were easy for us to understand. She was very thorough and addressed and answered all our concerns.

~ Pat W

avoid Probate in Florida

Four Ways to Avoid Probate in Florida

Probate laws differ from state to state, so it’s essential to be familiar with your state’s laws to make sure what you envision with your Estate Plan will actually be the outcome. That said, here are four suggestions to help avoid Probate in Florida:

  1. Establish a Trust. Trusts are appealing when it comes to avoiding Probate because property held in trust is not part of your Probate estate upon your death and if executed and funded properly will completely avoid Probate. 
  2. Make accounts payable on death [POD] or direct beneficiary. Bank and other accounts payable on death or with designated beneficiaries go directly to your designated beneficiary bypassing the Probate process completely.  
  3. Own property jointly. Making your spouse or someone else a joint owner with rights of survivorship facilitates the transfer of the asset without the need for Probate. 
  4. Give away your assets before you pass away. This will not only lower the dollar value of your estate, but you will also save your Personal Representative from having to deal with questions that might arise among your heirs that may squabble over an item.  This option requires the advice of a CPA so that gift tax considerations are addressed.

Not all of these require an attorney to effectuate but I always recommend getting advice from an attorney and/or your CPA while Estate Planning.

Heidi S. Webb, Attorney at Law, serves clients all over the state of Florida with Estate Planning and Probate.  She has offices in Daytona Beach and Melbourne but can meet via phone or Zoom with clients statewide. Contact her today to schedule a free consultation. Visit her page on Facebook or see what her clients are saying to learn more about Heidi at www.heidiwebb.com. 

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