Trust and Estate Attorneys
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In Florida, legal issues surrounding estates, trusts, and probate are complex, ever-changing, and critically important in their execution. The attorneys at Wintter Law have the years of experience and training necessary to handle any issue that may arise in such legal matters. Our highly specialized lawyers have a proven track record of success in all types of trust, estate, and guardianship litigation matters and are highly skilled in the efficient administration of estates, trusts, and guardianships.
Your death is not an easy topic to contemplate, but it is critically important that you 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 incapacity. Through proper estate planning, you can protect your assets for future generations, ensure a smooth transition of resources to your beneficiaries, and plan for the appropriate care of your children, family, and friends for when you are gone.
Whether you want to plan for the future, need assistance with guardianship or estate administration, or are facing difficulties in probate court, Wintter Law will work tirelessly to protect the rights and interests of you and your family.Read more
Christopher Q. Wintter, Esq. has been practicing law for more than 30 years, setting himself apart as a leader in Florida estate, trust, and probate matters. Mr. Wintter is a seasoned lawyer who received his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law, his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida, and he is one of only approximately 340 Florida lawyers who have earned the recognition of the Florida Bar by becoming Board Certified in Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
Mr. Wintter has attained the AV Preeminent Rating with LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell in recognition of his legal ability and his commitment to legal ethics. He has a perfect 10.00 Superb rating as a Top Attorney in Probate with AVVO, has been included in Florida Super Lawyers list for Trust and Estate Litigation for 2011, 2012, 2014-2019, and was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for Trust and Estate Litigation every year since 2016. Mr. Wintter’s 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.
Christopher Wintter and his team have extensive and focused experience in the following practice areas, including:
Probate Litigation. When an individual dies and their will is challenged, it can be a particularly tricky issue to resolve. Family members may challenge a will if they believe the person was not mentally fit when signing it or if they believe someone exercised improper influence over the decedent. Often, such disputes include allegations of fraud or abuse and are highly emotional and combative. Even if there are no challenges to the will, disaster can arise relating to entitlement to homestead, elective share disputes, and issues concerning the recovery of property wrongfully taken from the decedent. To navigate this sensitive, complicated process, experienced legal representation is key.
Probate Administration. Probate administration is the process of carrying out the decedent’s wishes as instructed in his or her will, or pursuant to Florida Law if they have no will. This includes marshalling their assets, notifying creditors, and distributing property to beneficiaries. These processes are typically carried out by the personal representative with the advice and guidance of our experienced and dedicated professionals.
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 the personal representative. Our experienced professionals can guide you through this process, help you file the appropriate documents, make the proper tax elections, make timely distributions, and protect you against personal liability.
Trust Litigation. Just as arguments over the administration of a will can result in emotional and financial turmoil, disputes over the creation and validity of a trust can cause angst and financial difficulties among surviving family members. Common types of trust disputes include allegations concerning the lack of mental capacity of the grantor, allegations of undue influence over the grantor, claims of misuse or abuse of trust assets by the trustee and failure to prepare annual accountings and provide them to all qualified beneficiaries. Trust litigation can provide a solution for these types of issues, which is why it is so important to hire an attorney who is experienced in Florida trust litigation. There is no substitute for experience.
Trust Administration. When someone sets up a trust, they specify beneficiaries and identify someone to act as a trustee. The trustee is charged with supervising the distribution of the property according to the law and the wishes of the grantor. 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 the trustee vulnerable to making legal or financial errors. A trust administration attorney can supervise and guide you through this process, educating you and protecting you from mistakes, future litigation and personal liability while ensuring the grantor’s wishes are followed.
Guardianship Litigation. Guardianships are established when a court determines that your loved one is incapacitated and requires a guardian to manage their financial and/or personal affairs. However, guardianship litigation may arise due to emotional, physical, or financial abuse. A guardianship attorney is invaluable in resolving these distressing issues and ensuring vulnerable adults are protected from exploitation and abuse.
Guardianship Administration. It’s not easy to establish a guardianship for your loved one—legally, financially, or emotionally. Our professionals are experienced in guardianship administration and can guide you through the process to obtain the necessary authority for you to assist the alleged incapacitated person. We will work tirelessly to help you protect the vulnerable individual and their assets.
Estate Planning. Regardless of the size of the estate, everyone should have a plan for their assets, property, and the protection of their surviving family members upon death. Without proper planning, a court may be forced to decide how your assets are distributed, who will be guardian for your minor children, and whether or not your health care wishes are followed. With our help and advice, you can ensure that the matters you truly care about are properly documented and implemented to protect your family, assets, and independence.
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