Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

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

Personal Representative

Hello Heidi,

My name is Bill S. I am the youngest child of Tony and Ann S. We have never met, but from what I have seen and heard from my Dad, you have done some amazing things to help him. He has praised your efforts enormously to both me and my Brother Bob.

I wanted to reach out and send a quick note of appreciation for helping him through a very tough time. Although you may have not received much in the way of money for your work on this, (My Dad shared with me your bill), please know that you have made an enormous difference in our lives.

My Dad has been a “prisoner” in his house for a few years now, and the help that he has been able to get through your assistance, has been truly invaluable. I was down there last week and we had a few tough days. I am not sure what we have done without the assistance that you helped provide.

Thank you dearly for all you have done, you have truly been an angel for our family. God Bless You and your family!!!

~ Bill S.

I would highly recommend Heidi and her team to everyone!! Needing to update my estate plan documents after a divorce, I consulted with Heidi who evaluated my situation and came up with documents that were tailored to my needs and explained it all in layman's terms for me. Her recommendations were exactly what I needed and I now feel confident I have well laid out plans for myself and my family. After realizing how lacking my prior documents were, I had her review my mother's documents, which we all thought were up-to-date. Thank goodness I took that step as well because my mothers documents were not even close to what was needed. Heidi's knowledge and compassion for her clients is exceptional, I give her the highest commendation!

~ Beth M

MYTH #3: A will can oversee the distribution of all of my assets.

Estate Planning Myths

A will is a legal document that instructs how your property will be distributed after your death. It allows you to name a Personal Representative charged with overseeing the distribution of your property and shepherding it through the probate process. Probate is the court process that’s required to validate your will and transfer your assets.

However, certain assets may sit outside of your will. These include life insurance policies or qualified retirement accounts (401(k)s, IRAs, etc.) that have a beneficiary designation, as well as assets or accounts with a pay-on-death (POD) or a transfer-on-death (TOD) designation. These assets transfer directly to the named beneficiaries and are not subject to probate.

This is why it’s so important to review your account beneficiary designations annually or whenever changes in your life occur. Even if your will and/or trust names your current spouse as the beneficiary or co-trustee, if assets sit outside of your will or a trust, they are not governed by those documents and outdated beneficiary designations can control.

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