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Securing Your Family’s Financial Future

Estate Planning is important regardless of the amount of assets owned. Frequently, good planning is more critical for someone with a nominal amount of assets than for the wealthy.

Hill & Kinsella has a skilled estate planning team in St. Petersburg that listens to your planning goals and shows you how to achieve them. Protecting your assets now and in the future starts with having a trusted estate planning attorney on your side.

Our estate planning services include:

  • Health care directives and living wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Wills and trusts
  • Trust care program

It’s never too early to start planning ahead. Call (727) 240-2350 today to schedule a consultation.

Peace of Mind

Peace of mind should be the goal when attorneys and clients work together to plan an estate.

Peace of mind comes from:

  • Fully understanding your options
  • Making informed decisions
  • Obtaining legal documents designed to distribute your property according to your wishes with the least possible taxes, expenses, and delay

Our goal is to help you reach your goals. In order to ensure you are receiving the health care you want and need during times of medical emergencies, you need to have the proper power of attorney documents in place. Assigning trusted people to act as your power of attorney when you cannot means that your wishes will always be honored. You will get honest answers and advice at Hill & Kinsella.

How Long Does Probate Take in Florida?

The probate process is different in every state.There are a variety of factors that determine the kind of process you are dealing with and how long you should expect to complete the probate process. The complexity and time span for the probate process also depend on the circumstances of the estate.

An estate qualifies as simple and should take 3 months or less if it meets one or more of these factors:

  • The estate is valued at less than $75,000
  • No unpaid creditors
  • The owner has been deceased for two years or more
  • There is no personal representative appointed
  • Accounting have to already be prepared and filed

An estate qualifies as a complex or as a litigated estate and should take at least 2 years if it meets one or more of these factors:

  • The beneficiaries have not been identified
  • The authentic will is lost
  • Litigation over who should be the personal representative
  • Negotiation with creditors that have a claim on the estate
  • The estate itself is in a lawsuit
  • The assets are not easily be distributed
  • Income tax issues, including if the estate is taxable, the time required for filing the tax return and figuring out any issues can take years
  • Negotiation over the authenticity of the will

Are you unsure what type of probate you will be/are dealing with? We understand that the process can be perplexing and frustrating. Hill & Kinsella is here to guide you through the process. Our team of experienced estate planning and probate attorneys are more than happy to go through your case with you and make sure you have a clear understanding of your options. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!

How Can I Maximize My Assets to Beneficiaries in My Estate Plan?

There are a number of ways to maximize the assets that are distributed to your loved ones after you pass. The best possible solution will depend on your unique situation and should be discussed with a Florida estate planning attorney. Working with an experienced attorney can help create peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones during a difficult time.

Here are examples of ways to maximize the transfer of assets to your beneficiaries:

  • A trust provides benefits which include immediate succession during incapacity and a level of privacy
  • Asset protection planning, such as, Florida homestead, assets owned with your spouse/significant other, individual retirement account (IRA), and life insurance
  • Income tax planning is crucial to avoid income tax and holding
  • Utilizing insurance can be a very effective way of maximizing one's inheritance because it replaces income and provides usable benefits

We understand that figuring out which method is the most effective estate plan for you can be overwhelming. Our experienced estate planning attorneys have helped numerous clients with their unique estate planning needs. Let us help give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Call us today to review your case and schedule a consultation.

Benefits of Estate Planning

Estate planning can provide multiple benefits for you and your loved ones later in life or after your passing. It is never too early to start planning your future!

  • Providing For Your Loved Ones: Your family may get less without an estate plan, it may take years for them to receive the benefits.

  • Keeping Your Children Safe: What will happen to your minor children when you’re gone? Without an estate plan they may end up in Child Protective Services

  • Minimize Your Expenses: When you pass away without an estate plan, the court is tasked with handling everything, including your property, your children, and the dissolution of your business. This is called probate, and expenses will come from your estate.

  • Give Your Property to Your Family Quickly: It may take months, maybe even years to distribute your property to your loved ones without an estate plan. Save yourself the stress of worrying about your family’s well-being.

  • Make Retirement Easier: Estate planning actually benefits you when you are still alive. Estate planning allows you to become eligible for government benefits such as healthcare and Medicaid.

  • Be Prepared for Incapacity: It is common for people of any age to become incapacited by an accident or medical condition. Who will take care of your finances or make important medical decisions? A power of attorney allows you to legally name someone to act on your behalf.

Proper estate planning will make sure that your family is provided for and not left to face financial hardships when you pass on.

The experienced estate planning attorneys at Hill & Kinsella have helped numerous individuals plan for their future and make sure their family is well taken care of. Let us help you get your peace of mind back. Contact us today to review your case and schedule a consultation!

Plan Today for a Happier Tomorrow

We use the law to help our clients protect themselves now and in the future. We make sure our clients always have a voice when it comes to how their assets are to be treated and what they want for themselves. Start building your estate plan today, and you will be able to enjoy life more knowing that you are protected, your family is protected, and you have planned for all of life’s events!

Contact us today and our experienced estate planning attorneys can help you plan and have the peace of mind that you deserve!

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