Law Firm Provides Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Guardianships in Clearwater and St. Petersburg
Advanced contingency and estate planning tools
Wills and trusts are essential estate planning tools, but there are other, more sophisticated tools The Charles Law Offices provides when appropriate. There may come a time when you become temporarily or permanently unable to take care of your own affairs. A guardianship, power of attorney, living will or health care surrogate can help in that situation. Although these documents can be prepared in an emergency, it is advisable to draft and execute the documents in advance.
At The Charles Law Offices, our estate planning lawyer helps you to be prepared. Some of our clients are incapacitated due to illness or injury, while others must be out of the country for an extended period of time. Whatever the reason for your need, you can rely on us to draft the right documents promptly and correctly.
What are some of the more advanced estate planning tools?
Wills and trusts are essential estate planning tools, but there are other, more sophisticated tools The Charles Law Offices provides when appropriate:
- Power of attorney: Florida law regarding powers of attorney changed significantly in 2011. A principal executes a power of attorney to allow an agent to manage some or all of the principal’s affairs, either permanently or for a limited time.
- A general power of attorney gives the agent very broad powers to conduct legal and financial activities on behalf of the principal.
- A durable power of attorney is a power of attorney that does not terminate if the principal becomes incapacitated.
- A limited power of attorney gives the agent authority specific powers, such as the power to sell a house in another state.
- Guardianship: A guardianship gives another person control of a ward’s day-to-day activities in addition to legal and financial transactions. A guardianship may be contested on one of several grounds, but it is usually because of conflict of interest.
- Living will: A living will establishes your intentions for how such matters as feeding tubes, breathing tubes and other life support options should be handled should you become incapacitated.
- Health care surrogate: A health care surrogate designates a person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make those decisions yourself. A living will and health care surrogate are often paired as health care advance directives.
Why isn’t Medicaid a given?
Medicaid often pays for long-term care and other similar options, but you first must qualify for coverage. There are some strategies that an attorney can use, including trusts and gifts, that may allow you to qualify for Medicaid. However, if these financial steps are taken improperly, Medicaid may still deny coverage even though you qualify financially.
Work with a Largo attorney who treats you with respect
End-of-life matters are emotional and important, and Susan Charles understands that. Contact The Charles Law Offices at 727-683-1483 or online to schedule your free consultation. Nursing home appointments are available.