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Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala.

Everyone should have a Last Will and Testament prepared by an attorney experienced in Florida law. Too many people die without a will and their assets are transferred according to Florida Statutes, regardless what one wanted or intended. Conversations with loved one’s prior to death aren’t enforceable in Florida. A properly drafted and executed Last Will and Testament is an inexpensive way to insure your wishes are carried out after death.. Other documents that should be considered and discussed with an attorney include a Durable Power of Attorney, a Living Will, and a Health Care Surrogate designation. Don’t leave matters to chance. Consult with our office to insure your wishes are carried out.

Probate is the legal process to deal with a loved one’s affairs after they pass away. From transferring property to beneficiaries to settling creditor’s claims, our office has twenty years of experience in probate matters in all of northeast Florida. We understand that probate involves the loss of a loved one and will handle your probate matter with care and compassion. Attorneys fees are regulated by statute (generally 3% of the estate value) and in most cases, our office will handle your probate matters for substantially less than the statute authorizes. Call us today to discuss your probate needs.

Some families are better served by a Trust than a standard Last Will and Testament. Trusts are generally more expensive to establish than a will, but are far easier (and less expensive) to administer after death. And in most all cases, administering a trust is much faster than a formal probate process. Our office can create your trust and provide professional legal advice in funding and maintaining the trust. Call us for a consultation regarding whether a trust is appropriate for you and your family.

 
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The Law Office of John Cooper is a Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. The Law Office of John Cooper is a Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. The Law Office of John Cooper is a Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. The Law Office of John Cooper is a Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. The Law Office of John Cooper is a Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. The Law Office of John Cooper is a Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Gainesville Florida and Starke Florida Lawyer providing Last Will and Testaments as well as Estate Planning and Probate and more; also in Waldo, Brooker, Hampton, Williston, Alachua, High Springs and Ocala. Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for the disposal of an estate. Estate planning typically attempts to eliminate uncertainties over the administration of a probate and maximize the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses. Guardians are often designated for minor children and beneficiaries in incapacity. Estate planning involves the will, trusts, beneficiary designations, powers of appointment, property ownership (joint tenancy with rights of survivorship, tenancy in common, tenancy by the entirety), gift, and powers of attorney, specifically the durable financial power of attorney and the durable medical power of attorney. After widespread litigation and media coverage surrounding the Terri Schiavo case, many estate planning attorneys[weasel words] now advise clients to also create a living will. Specific final arrangements, such as whether to be buried or cremated, are also often part of the documents. More sophisticated estate plans may even cover deferring or decreasing estate taxes or winding up a business. Receipt of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under a will. A probate court (surrogate court) decides the legal validity of a testator's will and grants its approval by granting probate to the executor. The probated will becomes a legal document that may be enforced by the executor in the law-courts if necessary. A probate also officially appoints the executor (or personal representative), generally named in the will, as having legal power to dispose of the testator's assets in the manner specified in the will. [text above from wikipedia.org]