Wintter & Associates – A Highly Experienced Wills, Trusts, and Estates Firm Serving Miami, Dade County
Wintter & Associates is the premier South Florida trusts and estates law firm dedicated to serving clients in wills, trusts, and estate planning. Our attorneys have a particular focus on probate administration and litigation, trust administration and litigation, and estate planning. We are firmly dedicated to our clients’ financial and legal well-being, and we are recognized by our clients, adversaries, and peers for our legal acumen, courtroom ability, and commitment to our clients.
The firm is headed by Christopher Q. Wintter, a probate and trust attorney who is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates – there are fewer than 340 such experts in the state. He was included in Florida Super Lawyers for 2011 – 2012, 2014 – 2017 and has been awarded the AV Preeminent Rating with LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell.
The experience and knowledge of Mr. Wintter and his team are what it takes to successfully lead you through your probate and estate planning needs and get the job done.
Turn to Wintter & Associates for Your Probate Administration Needs
When you need a probate lawyer, you can trust Wintter & Associates for your administrative needs. We handle the distribution and transfer of property under the terms set out by the Last Will and Testament or under Florida’s laws of intestate distribution. We handle every aspect of probate administration from beginning to end. When you hire one of our probate attorneys, we will:
- Contact the decedent’s creditors
- Establish a course of action to reduce the risk of probate litigation
- Assess matters of elective share benefits, family allowance, and tax exempt property
- Assess taxes and implement procedures to minimize the amount of estate tax owed
- Prepare and file tax returns
- Distribute property and other assets
- Prepare the final accounting, including receipts and releases, to reduce the risk of litigation for the personal representative responsible for administering the will
Above all, our aim is to protect the assets of the estate, the best interests of the beneficiaries, and the terms set out by the deceased.
When There Is a Contest of Will, Trust Wintter & Associates for Your Probate Litigation Process
Due to a number of issues, someone close to the deceased may choose to contest a will, claiming it is not valid. Challenges to validity can include:
- The will was not signed in the presence of two witnesses according to Florida law
- Someone used undue influence to make the deceased sign or change the will
- The deceased did not have sufficient mental capacity to create or sign a will
At other times, someone may file a lawsuit regarding the estate. Issues that can lead to a lawsuit include:
- An attorney or fiduciary misused their close relationship with the deceased
- Accusations of elder abuse
- Accusations that a family member or caregiver turned the testator against their family members
- Misuse or abuse of power of attorney
- Lifetime transfers or property were obtained through fraud
No matter what the reason for your legal dispute, you can rely on a probate lawyer at Wintter & Associates to guide you and your loved ones through the litigation in order to obtain a just outcome that is in keeping with the last wishes of the testator.
When You Need Trust Administration, Wintter & Associates Has the Expertise You Can Depend On
Because trust administration is a very specific practice of law regarding the distribution of assets according to the stipulations of a trust, it requires the knowledge of a highly experienced trust attorney. At Wintter & Associates, we will take care of all aspects of trust administration, including:
- Establishing guidelines and policies to reduce the risk of trust litigation
- Helping to minimize the taxes paid on assets distributed in the trust
- Filing taxes
- Assessing discretionary distributions
- Distributing the assets
- Doing the final accounting for the trustee, including all receipts and releases, to reduce the risk of future lawsuits
As with our probate administration services, our ultimate goal is protect the assets of the trust, the best interests of the beneficiaries, and the wishes of the grantor.
When Trust Litigation Arises, You Need an Experienced Trust & Estate Trial Attorney.
Often, disputes arise regarding the creation or administration of a trust. In these cases, a trust and estate lawyer with Wintter & Associates can help you resolve any number of issues, including:
- Trust contests
- Undue influence
- Lack of capacity
- Problems with elective shares
- Problems with tax apportionment
- Breach of fiduciary duty and removal of a trustee
- Problems with and the defense of trust accountings
- Petitions for trust distributions
- Lawsuits to recover property lost due to violation of a trust
In all trust litigation cases, we seek quick, effective, and ethical resolutions that benefit the rightful parties and are consistent with the wishes of the settlor of the trust.
If You Are Seeking Guardianship, Let Our South Florida Attorneys Guide You Through the Process
When your loved one is unable to care for him or herself due to age, infirmity, or their status as a minor, you may want to seek guardianship. However, guardianship administration is a complex legal process that requires much experience and knowledge. Our qualified attorneys can guide you through all of the issues regarding the guardianship process, including:
- Petitioning the court for guardianship
- Attending the court hearings
- Creating a restricted depository
- Creating a financial inventory
- Financial management for the ward
- Helping to create a monthly budget
- Preparing and filing taxes
- Helping to choose medical care and a residence for the ward
- Doing all accounting surrounding the procedure
Our primary goal in guardianship administration is to make sure that the guardian fulfills his or her responsibilities and that the best interests of the ward are protected.
When Guardianship Is Being Disputed, Our Attorneys Work to Protect the Client
Sometimes, family members will dispute a guardianship because they are concerned about the well-being of their defenseless loved one. When this happens, you can rely on Wintter & Associates to provide professional and diligent representation concerning issues surrounding:
- Petitions to be appointed guardian
- Challenges to appointed guardianships
- Getting financial compensation from guardians who have harmed the ward
- Removing a guardian because of physical, emotional, or financial abuse
If you are worried about your loved one, you can count on our attorneys to work with compassion and a strong sense of justice.
Estate Planning Is Vital – Work with a Knowledgeable Estate Planning Lawyer
Having a plan for your assets is important, not only for your financial well-being but for the well-being of your loved ones. When you need an estate planning attorney, the lawyers at Wintter & Associates can serve you with their in-depth knowledge of Florida business and property laws. We assist with all aspects of estate planning, including:
- Wills and living trusts
- Personal residence trusts
- Family trust planning, including educational trusts
- Irrevocable life insurance trusts
- Premarital and post-marital agreements
- Business and succession planning
No matter what your needs, a estate planning attorney with Wintter & Associates works primarily to help you create a plan to transfer assets to your beneficiaries while at the same time reducing administration costs and estate and gift taxes.
Call Wintter & Associates, P.A. Trust and Estate Law Firm to Discuss How We Can Serve You in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Hollywood
Wintter & Associates, P.A. provides experience in the specialized area of law that is needed for Florida trust and estate matters. Attorney Christopher Q. Wintter, Esq. and his legal team provide thorough, ethical solutions that will serve you and your family now and into the future. To schedule a consultation, call 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.
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