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Fort Lauderdale Wills Attorneys

Lawyer for Writing Wills in Florida

Lawyers Drafting and Executing Wills in Broward County, FL

Making a will is one of the most important things you can do for your family. The period after a loved one dies is often filled with grief and stress for the surviving family members. Having a will prepared can help bring a semblance of order and comfort to the situation. When you have already made decisions about how your property will be distributed, it makes the administration of your estate run more smoothly, which makes things easier on your loved ones. Wills can do more than distribute property, too.

The Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. is dedicated to creating highly individualized and thorough wills for our clients. Our attorneys will take the time to get to know you and your situation so we can design a will that meets your individual needs. Whether you use a simple will to back up trusts or a complex will to fully distribute all your assets, the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. is here to help.

Attorneys for Will Execution in Wilton Manors

Florida law sets out a few requirements for executing a will. These are not just formalities - they are stringently enforced. Because these requirements are so strict, you should work with a qualified attorney to oversee the process. The legal requirements for a will in Florida are:

  • Writing - The will must be in writing. Oral wills are ineffective.
  • Signature - The testator must sign the will.
  • Signature location - The testator's signature must be at the bottom of the will. This is to prevent fraud.
  • Witnesses - Two witnesses must be present when the testator signs.
  • Witness signatures - Both witnesses must sign the will in the presence of each other and the testator.

While each of these rules may sound simple, there is an abundance of ways for a technical violation to occur without a competent attorney supervising.

What Can a Will Accomplish in Florida?

There are very few limitations regarding what you can do in your will. You are largely free to dispose of your property in any manner you choose. At the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A., we can make your will as simple or as complicated as you like. You may include reasonable conditions attached to your gifts - for example, you can include a term stating that your son can only receive your house if he finishes college. Generally, the only time a bequest will be found invalid is if it violates public policy, such as a gift conditional upon someone converting to a religion.

Importantly, a will can also be used to appoint a guardian for a minor child should the testator's death leave the child without a parent. While courts generally respect these appointments, the court will still ascertain that the guardian selected is appropriate and capable of providing a good home for the children.

Our team will talk you through all the options you have when making a will and ensure that everything important to you and your family is included.

Oakland Park Lawyers for Pour-Over Wills

Many people in today's world choose to use trusts as the primary vehicle for the transfer of assets after death. When a living trust is used, the grantor may not always place all his property in the trust. In this case, a pour-over will can be used to posthumously fund the trust. Our attorneys will help you decide if this type of will is right for your overall estate plan.

Contact a Florida Wills Attorney

If you need a will or need to update the will you have, contact us online or call 954-981-9301 for a free consultation. The team at the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. is experienced in creating wills of all kinds, from the simplest to the most complex. We also represent beneficiaries in probate. Our team serves individuals and families in and around Fort Lauderdale, including Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Dania Beach, Pompano Beach, and throughout Broward County.

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