When Fort Lauderdale Residents Need a Probate Firm, They Use Us
Few things are more important than your family and your legacy, so when it comes to handling matters related to your estate, you need to turn to experienced probate lawyers who are trusted in Fort Lauderdale. Locals have been coming to Wintter & Associates, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law for years because they know that we have the credentials and track record to ensure that they and their loved ones are taken care of.
What kind of credentials? How about having the head of our firm get listed in Super Lawyers for both 2011 – 2012, 2014 – 2017? Or being one of only 350 attorneys in the entire state of Florida who has been certified in Wills, Trusts, and Estates by the Florida Bar? Christopher Q. Wintter has even received LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating because of his impeccable courtroom performance and focus on legal ethics. That means you’re getting someone who is honest, knowledgeable, and a skilled trial lawyer who knows how to handle himself in front of a judge.
At Wintter & Associates, we not only know the Sunshine State’s probate laws like the back of our hand, but also understand the needs of people in Fort Lauderdale and care about the community.
Why Go to a Probate Firm?
When it comes right down to it, the reason is simple: while estate law may seem simple, in actuality it is incredibly complicated, and there are many pitfalls that you may experience if you’re not working with someone who can guide you down the correct path. This is true whether you’re trying to plan out your own estate and make sure that your surviving family members will be provided for or find yourself put in charge of another person’s estate as their trustee, guardian, or personal representative.
If you make a misstep, it’s possible that you may find yourself embroiled in Fort Lauderdale legal battles that cost you time and money and harm your reputation. Why? A number of reasons. Family members may suspect some sort of foul play on your part, disagree with the manner in which the estate is being handled, or simply not like what’s in the will. As the person in charge, you will automatically be the focal point of both their ire and any lawsuits that are filed.
Here are just a few of the possible things that could go wrong if you decide not to use the services of an experienced probate firm like Wintter & Associates:
- You may face claims that you had “undue influence” over the decedent
- You may face claims that the signing of the Will wasn’t accomplished as laid down by Florida law, with signatures from two witnesses as well as two people to watch each of the witnesses sign
- You may face claims that the decedent was mentally incapacitated when they set up the terms of their Will or Trust
- You may face claims that you have misused or abused your power of attorney
- You may face claims that a fiduciary or attorney abused a close relationship with the decedent
- You may face claims that you have made lifetime transfers of property that were fraudulent
- You may face claims of elder abuse
- You may face claims that you turned the decedent against their family members
- You may have to deal with someone contesting a Trust
- You may have to deal with issues related to elective shares
- You may have to deal with disagreements about tax distribution
- You may face claims of being in breach of your fiduciary duty
- You may have to deal with actions to have you removed as a trustee
- You may have to deal with disputes over Trust accounting
- You may face petitions claiming entitlement to assets
- You may face claims that you improperly administered a Trust and lawsuits demanding the recovery of lost property
- You may face challenges or opposition to your guardianship from family members
- You may face claims that you’ve harmed the ward and lawsuits to recover damages
Avoid Broward County Probate Problems with Wintter & Associates
But you won’t have to worry about these issues if you work with the experienced probate attorneys at Wintter & Associates. We can help out with every aspect of estate planning and management, including:
If you’re worried about what may happen to your family after you’re gone, there are a wide variety of estate planning services that you can utilize. Most people understand the importance of creating a Last Will and Testament, but they would never imagine creating a Trust, and many don’t think very much about a future in which they’re still alive but require long term care.
When you come in and speak with us, we can go over all of these potential options and discuss which ones seem the most appropriate for your personal situation, including going over something that will be very important in the below services – choosing the right person to handle your estate.
Being named as someone’s personal representative to oversee the implementation of their will is a great honor, but it can also be an enormous burden – especially if you don’t know much about probate law. Seemingly insignificant details can lead to costly delays and even lawsuits if relatives or other interested parties don’t believe that you’ve done your job correctly.
In order to help inexperienced personal representatives in Fort Lauderdale, Wintter & Associates can help you in a variety of ways. We’ll establish procedures to lessen the chances that the decedent’s estate will face litigation. You’ll be notified about the taxes that the estate is likely to owe and we’ll do our best to minimize them. We’ll contact creditors, file the decedent’s taxes, and make sure that the assets are properly distributed. And ultimately, we’ll handle the final accounting for you to make sure that you don’t get hit with a lawsuit.
Serving as someone’s trustee is an honor much like being named their personal representative, but just like that position, it comes with perils and many complications. When Fort Lauderdale trustees approach us for guidance, we use all of our ample experience to walk them through the process and prevent errors that can lead to litigation.
We do this by assessing any discretionary distributions, preparing and filing any taxes that are related to the trust while minimizing any money owed, helping to distribute any assets, getting any necessary releases or receipts, and performing all final accounting for the trustee.
It’s no secret that Florida has a large elderly population, and it’s also common knowledge that some of us, as we age, lose the ability to care for ourselves. Because of this, it’s fairly common for a Fort Lauderdale resident to come into our office because they need help to become a guardian for an aging family member. Unfortunately, lots of people try to handle it themselves first, and quickly learn how complicated and difficult the process can be.
The services that we offer to potential and current guardians include helping with your petition for guardianship, attending required incapacity hearings, putting together financial and property inventories, assisting with the management of the ward’s property, finding a place for the ward to live, helping with any medical, social, or financial decisions, creating a monthly budget, preparing and filing taxes, and handling all accounting work – both initial and yearly accounting going forward.
Simplify Florida Probate Law with Wintter & Associates
Our goal at Wintter & Associates is to offer thorough, ethical help to Fort Lauderdale residents facing issues related to their estate or that of a loved one. Dealing with the estate of someone you care about or planning beyond your lifetime is never an easy thing, but we do our utmost to make the process as painless as possible. Don’t wait until you’re faced with questions and problems that threaten to overwhelm you – start planning today for what’s ahead. You can schedule a consultation with us by completing our online form or calling one of our convenient locations:
Pam Beach: 561.470.3448