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Estate planning is usually something people tend to put off because they don’t want to think about a future they won’t be a part of. Some also believe that it is something that can be taken care of later on in life, but tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. No matter the reason you might’ve put estate planning off until now, it is something to prioritize! We understand it might be overwhelming to think about who might inherit your house, take care of your kids or have control of your hard-earned assets, but without a proper plan in place, you could leave loved ones in jeopardy down the road. 

When you work with our Lakeland estate planning lawyer, they can help simplify each step of creating an estate plan so that you can get your affairs in order and ensure that the people you love will be taken care of in the event of your death or incapacitation. Call Osenton Law, P.A. today for a free consultation!

What Is An Estate Plan?

An estate plan consists of legal tools that are used to control what will happen to your assets both during your life and when you pass away. It also provides loved ones with peace of mind, as it makes your wishes clear. A misconception of estate planning, however, is that a simple will is enough to shield all of your assets – that’s simply not true. If you don’t make the important decisions regarding your estate now, the state of Florida will do it for you later. There are a number of tools you might need in order to establish a fully comprehensive estate plan, including, but not limited to: 

  • A trust
  • A last will and testament
  • A living will
  • A joint will
  • A pour-over
  • Beneficiary designations
  • Guardianship designations
  • A healthcare proxy
  • And more!

Why Is Having An Estate Plan Important?

Many people believe that estate planning is only for the elderly and the rich, but that isn’t the case. If you have assets, property, or minor children, you need an estate plan. Without creating an estate plan, Florida law will dictate “who gets what” of everything you worked your entire life for. Your assets, property, financial investments and minor children (if you have them) might end up with the wrong people. Even with a will, the probate process may also be necessary, which is an especially time-consuming, stressful and expensive process for your loved ones to go through while also mourning their loss. An estate plan can help the distribution of assets to go smoothly, alleviating potential financial hardship and stress for your family when you’re no longer here to take care of them.

Why Hire Our Lakeland Estate Planning Lawyer? 

Estate planning can be complex and difficult to understand, which is why lawyers go to school for several years in order to fully comprehend what it entails and how to stay legally compliant. Don’t try to DIY your estate plan with free templates you see online. While the fact that these are usually free and can be done on your own time might be appealing, this is not a reliable way to create an estate plan, as templates are often lacking correct information and legal language which can lead to potential personal liability.

How Osenton Law, P.A. Can Help You

Our compassionate Lakeland probate lawyer can help ensure security for your assets and provide you with peace of mind knowing that your assets are going to be distributed according to your wishes. You can rest easy knowing your things and your children will end up with people you know and trust. Our lead attorney, O. Reginald “Reggie” Osenton has been guiding clients through the estate planning process for three decades. He knows how to simplify each step! If you’re ready to start planning ahead, call today for a free consultation. 

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