Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

140 South Beach Street, Suite 310
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 257-3332

Personal Representative

Our entire experience creating necessary estate documents through Heidi was only positive. She and Molly were extremely prompt with communication and her services were reasonably priced. She took the time to always thoroughly explain everything and answer my MANY questions always with a smile and the desire to make sure we were confident in how we worded things for our documents. She was happy to make changes to fit our needs and was even available to give advice regarding how to best handle my late father in law’s affairs. We really appreciate knowing that Heidi has our best interest in mind and that we have a relationship with an attorney whom we wholeheartedly trust. I’m not easy to win over in professional relationships, and I would fully recommend her to others.

~ Hannah C

If you are looking for a firm to handle your estate plan, I highly recommend Heidi Webb, Attorney at Law. She and her staff are thorough professionals. I was very impressed with the in-depth knowledge and explanations in layperson's terms. In the end I felt like I made good, informed decisions for me and for my family's future.

~ Jill B

Why Naming Beneficiaries Is Important Regarding Contractual Assets

There are many pitfalls to be avoided when putting together your Estate Plan, especially if you try to do it yourself. For this post, I am going assume an Estate Planning Attorney is drafting your documents, which as you know is what I highly suggest everyone does. That said, naming beneficiaries is all on you and is a critical job when it comes to Estate Planning.

Before you can name who you want the asset to go to after your passing, you have to know what assets you have. If you own contractual assets (Annuities, Life Insurance, Retirement Accounts, to name a few) that include beneficiary designations, it’s important to name your beneficiaries; otherwise, your assets will transfer according to the contract’s default beneficiary provision –which is most likely your Estate. If your assets pass to your Estate, that could result in a timely probate process, additional estate expenses, and exposure to creditor claims to name just a few potential issues.

I discuss at length my client’s financial holdings at our initial meeting, and as their “homework” I have them gather copies of contracts, most recent statements, and current beneficiary designations. This exercise allows me to compile an Asset Inventory and advise my clients appropriately as to how they can “Probate Proof” themselves in conjunction with the documents I prepare for them. A full understanding of how your assets will transfer after your death helps create an Estate Plan that fulfills your wishes and prevents delays for your heirs. Designating beneficiaries incorrectly can have far-reaching negative consequences and is an essential part of your overall Estate Plan. If you are unsure about your Estate Plan or do not have an Estate Plan at all, make an appointment with an Estate Planning Attorney where you live. If you are located in the Daytona Beach area, call my office for a free consultation.

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