Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

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

Personal Representative

Attorney Heidi Webb has been competently and capably handling my estate planning needs for several years. Her staff is efficient, helpful, and always friendly. I highly recommend the law office of Heidi Webb!

~ Hay C

In a time of sadness & grief, I searched the area for an attorney who would work with me and my budget. After the first call with Mrs. Heidi, I knew that I had found someone who truly cared, who was understanding and patient with my circumstances. She knew that I did not know much about the probate court (I felt so lost and defeated) and she went over and above to explain it all to me and what was going to be happening in the upcoming months. Probate court is not something that happens quickly, my family & I were out of our home for months on end and Mrs. Heidi did everything she could to expedite the process of us moving back in. She provided us with all the information, communicated everything with us as she found out and made the (tough) process so smooth. She is super knowledgeable in her scope and works thoroughly on the documents needed. I am very very grateful my family and I chose Heidi and I strongly recommend anyone who needs Estate Planning to inquire with her.
Not to mention, everyone who works in her office and beside of her is equally as amazing as she is. Her office staff was simply dedicated, always pleasant, compassionate, and kindhearted. They made me feel like we've been friends forever. They communicated with me & sympathized with me, they treated me like a person they loved, not just another customer, and they truly cared about how I was doing despite what I was going through at the time. I applaud them and Mrs. Heidi tremendously for everything they have done for us.
There are not enough words that could show my true appreciation and thankfulness for this group of people and this office.

~ Briana L

How Can I Be Sure My Will Is Uncontested?

How to keep your estate out of  litigation

“Death brings out the best and the worst in families.”

If you have been through a personal loss, you may have experienced it first-hand. Grief and stress understandably are at their peak in the event of the loss of a loved one. From a legal perspective, it is essential to make sure all your affairs are in clear order to eliminate any additional stress for your family members and loved ones.

Make sure your Will is executed correctly. The best way to do this is to have an experienced Estate Planning attorney assist you in preparing your documents. Wills need to be signed and witnessed, usually by two independent witnesses, as well as notarized in Florida. Do not involve family members and beneficiaries in preparing your Will, they should also not be present when executing.

Explain your decision. It’s a good idea to discuss with your family members when you draft your Will to explain why someone is getting a reduced share or left out altogether. If you do not feel comfortable discussing one on one, be sure to clearly state the reason in the will. You may also want to include a letter with your documents.  It’s important the Will not appear to have an inadvertent omission of a potential heir.

Prove competency. Generally speaking, you must know what you are doing, understand the consequences of including and excluding beneficiaries and have knowledge of the value of your estate. You must understand that they are signing a Will and approve of its contents. A common challenge is to claim that the deceased member was not of sound mind at the time he or she signed the document. You can try to avoid this by making sure the attorney drafting the Will tests you for competency. Depending on your circumstances, this could involve seeing a doctor or answering a series of questions. You can also prove further competency by video recording the signing which would make it more difficult for family members to argue that you did not have the necessary mental capacity.

Heidi S. Webb, Attorney at Law serves clients in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, and beyond with matters of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Small Business Law. 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. 

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