As a Tampa estate planning attorney, I get this question a lot! Although it may seem like one that’s easy to answer, when it comes to the creation of estate planning documents, my answer always is… “It depends.”
Estate planning is rarely something that fits neatly into the “one-size-fits-all” category. Every family has different needs and deciding who should inherit assets after your passing is a very personal decision. That is why it is so important to work with a qualified estate planning attorney in Tampa, otherwise, you could leave your loved ones in crisis if you pass away without a will or trust in place or you use a cheap DIY will that backfires when you are gone.
Here is the question you really should be asking when you call an estate planning attorney, “What do I need to have in place to make sure that me, my family, and my finances are cared for the way I want if something happens to me?”
As you can imagine, the answer to this question can only be unearthed with a conversation. That is why I always begin with a planning session. I sit down with prospective clients and explore their life while walking them through the options of what would happen to them, their family, and their money in the event of death or incapacity. It is the only way to make a clear determination regarding the type of estate plan the client will need.
Another huge benefit of working with a qualified Tampa estate planning attorney is that you can avoid a lot of problems that you may have never seen coming. For example, did you know that even with a will in place, your family will likely have to endure a long, expensive, and very public probate process before they can receive their inheritance? Having a weak estate plan, or worse, not having a plan at all puts your family at the mercy of the judicial system. And, you may need more than a will in place to avoid this outcome.
I hope you now understand why simply asking “How much is a Will?” does not get you closer to making smart and loving decisions for your family. If you live in the Brandon, Florida, area, call our office at (813) 438-8503 and schedule a consultation with our estate planning attorneys. It all starts with a conversation. That way, you will rest assured that you have done all you could to make sure your family is taken care of if something happens to you.