None of us know what the future holds for us, but we can still plan for it. For most people, estate planning is an intimidating concept. You have to think about your assets and your loved ones, not to mention things like a healthcare directive and power of attorney. And that’s before you even get into the legal side of things! Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. Stanley A. Goldsmith Attorney at Law has more than 35 years’ experience helping Florida families with all their estate planning needs, including wills, trusts and healthcare directives.

Drafting a Will

A well-written will is the backbone of any estate plan. Your will describes who you want to administer your estate and how you want your assets to be distributed when you pass. Stanley A. Goldsmith will help you create or update a will that accomplishes your goals and gives you certainty that your estate will be handled according to your wishes.

Trust Services

A trust is an extremely useful financial tool that allows you to transfer some of your assets to a third party, referred to as a trust. By doing so, you can retain control of your assets while also gaining tax advantages and making it easier for you to pass your assets onto your heirs. Stanley A. Goldsmith can help you determine whether a trust is right for you, and, if so,  help you set up a trust to manage your assets as effectively as possible.

Healthcare Directives and Power of Attorney

Establishing a healthcare directive lets your family know your preferred approach to medical care in the event that you are rendered unable to communicate by a medical situation. This can go a long way toward giving your family peace of mind that they are acting in accordance with your wishes. Similarly, establishing a durable power of attorney allows you to designate someone who is allowed to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf, so you’ll know that you are in the hands of someone you trust.

Navigating Probate

When a person passes away, their estate will often need to go through a legal process called probate. Probate is a court-supervised procedure that ensures that a person’s financial obligations are taken care of and that their assets are distributed in a lawful manner. While probate can be pretty straightforward, it can also get complicated depending on the size of the estate, whether the deceased had an up-to-date will and whether there are any disputes among the family over the distribution of the estate. An experienced probate attorney can help protect your interests and make sure that the probate process goes as smoothly as possible.

Estate Planning Services for Sarasota Families

When it comes to estate planning, Stanley A. Goldsmith is here to help you feel confident about the future. He has helped countless individuals and families develop estate plans catered to their unique needs. Whether you need to draft a will, set up a trust or are just looking for advice on the estate planning or probate process, Stanley A. Goldsmith is dedicated to providing you with the best legal guidance and a long-term relationship you can count on.

If you live in Sarasota and would like to speak to a knowledgeable estate planning attorney, call Stanley A. Goldsmith Attorney at Law today at (941) 955-4990 to schedule a free initial consultation. We will be happy to evaluate your claim to determine whether it is cost-effective to hire legal counsel.