Debra is a certified law attorney registered with the bar board or bar council of Florida and specializes in elder law. She also handles cases involving wills, probates, guardianship, estate planning, trusts and powers of attorney. She actively works with communities involved in up-holding elder law in the United States and also gives lectures on elder law topics throughout the state of Florida.
What is a will?
Among the many legal services provided by Debra Simms’s law firm, will preparation legal services are one of the main services offered. A will is a document that allows a person to leave behind his assets, money and any other kind of moveable and immoveable property to his family, friends or anyone he desires. It is always advisable for a person to write his will while he is still alive because if he dies and hasn’t left behind a will, the state of Florida will write a will for him and may not distribute his financial assets in the manner in which he wanted or desired. The state courts may donate his property and estate to charity, schools and hospitals.
Why is will preparation an important legal service?
Writing a will or will preparation while one is still living also avoids other problems such as probate. Probate is a document issued by the court in place of a will for the administration of the will in the court of law. A probate is given after the person dies and a legal attorney or personal representative will have to be appointed for and on behalf of the deceased person to procure the will probate. This person is also known as an executor of the will. Appointing an attorney or personal representative also helps ease and quicken the process of obtaining a probate from the court so that the legal heirs of the deceased can receive whatever they were entitled to rightfully and in a quick manner.
In the will, you can also specify how you would like your personal representative or executor to be paid for his services of administration of your estate. If you have minor children, you can also assign guardians or godparents to them after your death in your will so that they will be well cared for and looked after once you’re gone. Debra Simms will help you draft your will according to your personal wishes.
What is a living will?
The law firm also deals with drafting living wills which are a little different than a regular will. While a will leaves behind the property to heirs after a person’s death, a living will distribute assets to the desired people while the writer of the will is still alive but who is in a critical condition, last stages or a vegetative state. A living will can also state whether a person wants to be put on life support and for how long. This document is important for those who do not want to suffer much before death.
The law office of Debra G. Simms serves clients in Volusia County, New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Daytona and surrounding areas. Our experienced and knowledgeable law attorneys who will help you in the drafting and preparation of these very important and crucial documents while making you understand all the legal implications.