Experienced Florida Trust & Estate Attorneys
Mortality. It’s not the easiest topic to consider, but it’s critically important to do so. A well-designed estate plan is essential for ensuring that you, your family, and the people you care about are cared for in the event of your death or incapacitation. Through proper estate planning, you can protect your assets for future generations, ensure a smooth transition of assets to your beneficiaries, and plan for the care of your children, family, and friends for when you are gone.
In Florida, legal issues surrounding estates, trusts, and probate are complex, ever-changing, and critically important in their execution. The attorneys at Wintter & Associates, P.A. have the years of experience and training necessary to handle this unique branch of law. These highly specialized lawyers have a proven track record of past successes in all types of trust, estate, and guardianship litigation matters, as well as in efficient administration of estates, trusts, and guardianships.
Whether you want plan for the future, need assistance with guardianship or estate administration, or are facing difficulties in probate court, Christopher Wintter and his associates will work tirelessly to protect the rights and interests of you and your family.
Christopher Q. Wintter, Esq: A Florida Probate Lawyer You Can Trust
Firm founder Christopher Q. Wintter, Esq has been practicing law for more than 28 years, setting himself apart as a leader in Florida-area estate, trust, and probate. Mr. Wintter is a seasoned lawyer who received his Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and his BS in Accounting from the University of Florida, and he is one of less than 340 Florida lawyers who have been certified by the Florida Bar in wills, trusts, and estates.
Since earning his J.D., Mr. Wintter has been awarded the AV Preeminent Rating with LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell, in recognition of his excellence in the courtroom and his commitment to legal ethics. He has a perfect 10.00 Superb rating as a Top Attorney Probate with AVVO and has been included in Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2011, 2012, 2014-2016 and selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America & Best Lawyers South Florida for Trusts and Estates in 2016. His commitment to his clients and unparalleled expertise in this distinctive area of the law has earned him the respect of colleagues, competitors, adversaries, and judges.
We Can Service All Your Florida Estate Planning and Probate Needs
Attorney Christopher Wintter and his team have experience in a sweeping array of practice areas, including:
Probate litigation. When a will is challenged after the creator’s passing, it can be a particularly tricky issue to resolve. Well-meaning family members may challenge a will if they feel the creator was not mentally fit when signing it, or if they believe someone influenced the decedent unduly. There may also be allegations of fraud or abuse. Probate litigation can be a particularly upsetting area, threatening the foundation of the surviving family as well as other relationships. To navigate this sensitive, complicated process, experienced legal representation is key.
Probate administration. Probate administration is the process of carrying out a decedent’s desires as instructed in his or her will, including gathering their assets, paying off debts, and distributing property to beneficiaries. These processes are typically carried out by a personal representative.
The grieving process alone can be difficult, and being charged with resolving and settling someone’s financial affairs can make it even more difficult for a personal representative. An experienced probate lawyer can assist you through this trying, emotional process, helping you file the appropriate documents, make timely distributions, and minimize costs. With the help of an attorney, you can simplify this often lengthy and grueling process while protecting yourself from liability.
Trust litigation. Just as arguments over the administration of a will can result in emotional and financial problems, disputes over the creation and administration of a trust can cause a lot of stress and financial difficulties among surviving family members. Common types of trust disputes include: questions about the mental capacity of the grantor, charges of undue influence over the grantor, and claims of misuse or abuse in the office of the trustee. Trust litigation can provide a solution for these types of concerns, which is why it’s so important to hire an attorney who is qualified in Florida trust litigation.
Trust administration. When someone sets up a trust, they typically specify beneficiaries as well as a trust administrator or trustee. The trustee is charged with supervising the distribution of the property according to the law and the wishes of the creator. This isn’t always an easy endeavor—Florida law is complex, and can involve rules and restrictions of which the trustee may not be aware, leaving them vulnerable to legal or financial error. A trust administration attorney can supervise and guide you through this process, protecting you from mistakes and future litigation while ensuring the creator’s wishes are respected.
Guardianship Litigation. Guardianships are established when a court places elderly or incapacitated adults in the hands of a caring and capable loved one. However, these guardianships can be challenged if there is evidence of emotional, physical, or financial abuse. A guardianship litigation lawyer is invaluable in resolving this distressing issue and ensuring vulnerable adults are kept in good hands.
Guardianship administration. It’s not easy to establish a guardianship for your loved one—legally, financially, or emotionally. A lawyer who is experienced in guardianship administrations can walk you step by step through the process, working tirelessly to help you ensure the vulnerable individual is well-provided for.
Estate planning. Regardless of the size of their estate, everyone should have a plan for their assets, property, and surviving family in the event of their death. Without proper documentation, a court may have to decide how your assets are distributed and your children are cared for. With the help of an estate planning attorney, you can make sure that the matters you truly care about are properly documented and implemented to protect your family, assets, and independence.
Will contests. To contest a will in court, you must demonstrate non-compliance with the law, fraud, undue influence, or the mental incapacity of the testator. Successfully proving a will to be invalid can be difficult, so an aggressive and skilled attorney is vital for these types of cases.
Schedule a Consultation with Christopher Wintter Today
When it comes to Florida trust and estate laws, you need legal representation that can guide you to thorough, ethical, and workable solutions. Christopher Wintter and his legal team can provide you with the innovative and experienced legal advice you need, while treating you and your case to a level of attention and dedication that is unrivaled.
Start working to protect your hard-earned assets, family, and legacy today—schedule a consultation by calling our office at 954.920.7014 (Broward), 305.948.6788 (Miami-Dade), or 561.470.3448 (Palm Beach). If you would like for us to contact you, fill out our online form, and we will respond promptly.