Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer
Exceptional Representation in Coral Gables, Florida
Estate planning and probate are very complex yet important areas of the law. While estate planning is a way to plan for the administration of person's estate and address instances of death or incapacitation, probate is the actual process of administering an estate once the person passes away with a will. At Gautier & Hasty, P.L., we have more than 50 years of collective experience and are determined to assist you with your unique legal needs. The services provided by our Coral Gables estate planning and probate lawyers include:
This area of the law is extremely important when it comes to preparing for death and incapacitation. By creating a well-drafted estate plan, you can make sure that your affairs are in order, that you stay protected if you become incapacitated or disabled and that your loved ones are taken care of in the instance that you pass away. Although this may be a sensitive topic for most people, creating an estate plan may be the single most important thing that you do for you and your family. Without having an estate plan in place, your medical wishes may not be adhered to, your loved ones may not get their fair portion of your estate and the court may get full control of how to divvy up your assets.
Probate is the legal process that occurs after a person passes away, either leaving behind a will or no estate plan at all. It is a way to make sure that their estate is properly distributed to their heirs according to the state's succession laws, that all of their debts are resolved and that their affairs are completely in order. When an estate plan is left behind to give guidance to the court or when a Miami probate attorney is present, it can make the procedure a lot less costly and lengthy. When it comes to probate, our job is to guide clients through the necessary steps and make sure that they are well-aware of the codes and effective strategies involved.
Wills & Trusts
A will is a legal document that allows you to indicate your funeral arrangements, how you want your assets distributed and who you want to serve as your executor to make sure that your wishes are adhered to. A trust is used to hold your assets and make sure that they are kept under safe care for the benefit of another person. At Gautier & Hasty we can assist you with creating a will or trust that is most beneficial for you and your family.
A guardianship is a legal relationship that occurs when a guardian is appointed to make important financial and/or personal decisions for another individual who is legally unable to do so themselves. This individual may either be a minor child whose parents have passed away or have become incapacitated, or an adult who has become incapacitated or disabled. The guardian is held accountable for making decisions that are in the best interests of the minor child or incapacitated adult.
Real estate law encompasses all areas of buying, selling and leasing property as well as real estate financing, residential real estate, commercial real estate and landlord/tenant relations. No matter how simple or complex your real estate matters may be, our Miami office is dedicated to keeping you updated with the law and making sure that you get the legal counsel you need to make the appropriate decisions for you and your family members.
From establishing a living will to appointing a pre-need guardian and creating a revocable trust, life planning is a way to ensure that you stay protected no matter what may happen to you. If you become incapacitated or disabled, this form of precautionary planning is able to keep you fully in charge of your life and in charge of important decisions that need to be made. By planning ahead, you are able to leave behind instructions for medical treatment, specifications for life prolonging care and even who you want your property to be distributed to.