Jennifer L. Terrana, P.A. - Elder Law St. Petersburg FL

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Providing my clients with the best possible knowledge about legal issues they are facing is important to me - this blog will on occassion bring up issues that clients bring to me and what you can do to plan for the curveballs that life can throw.  

By jenniferter90045141, Oct 9 2017 07:20PM

1) If I don't have a will, does the state take my property when I die?

Florida law sets out who is entitled to your property if you die without a will. It is important to discuss your wishes with an attorney that understands Florida Wills and Probate to confirm your property will be

received by the people or charities you choose.

2) Is my out-of-state will good if I die a resident of Florida?

The answer to this question is Maybe! It is always best to have a Florida attorney well versed in wills and probate review your out-of-state will to be sure it was properly executed according to Florida law and is "self proving" in order to avoid delays in probate. It is also important to make sure the executor you have chosen is qualified and able to serve in Florida.

3) I don't own much and I'm still young, why would I need a will now?

Even if you are young and just beginning to accumulate assets, there may be many reasons why you

should have a will. For instance, in addition to deciding who receives your property after you die, you also get to choose who will be the executor. If you have children, it is important to designate who will care for your children in the event both you and your child' s other parent are deceased. Your will can also make it possible for a trust to be created for the benefit of your children until they reach the age of majority, or, for a disabled child, even after they become an adult.

4) Isn't it better to avoid probate?

While there are certantly ways to avoid probate, whether or not this is the best plan for your situation

should be discussed with an attorney, While there are several ways to avoid probate, this may not

always be the best estate plan and can often be fraught with pitfalls. It is important that your entire

estate plan is taken into consideration. If your goal is to avoid probate, there may be good probate

avoidance tactics you can use but I always recommend discussing your plans with a knowledgeable attorney.

5) Can't I prepare my own will and save on the cost of paying an attorney to draft it?

You could; however, there can be unintended consequences when a will is improperly prepared by

someone without knowledge and experience to understand Florida probate law. An improperly drafted

or poorly executed will can result in delays in administration or the possibility that your will could be determined invalid, leading to uninteded beneficiaries receiving your assets.

If you own real or personal property and want to be sure your intended beneficiaries receive your assets upon death, call Attorney Terrana at 727-270-9004 to discuss your options.

By jenniferter90045141, Jan 14 2017 04:24PM

Before sending your 18 year old off to college, it is important to consider the importance of them having advance direcitve documents. Although you are still paying your child's bills and they rely greatly upon you, it is important that some estate planning be done by making sure they have certain advance directive documents before you send them off to college. As an adult, your child has the right to make their own decisions; however, if they were unable to make their own decisions, it is important that a trusted individual, such as a parent, be named as a health care surrogate for your child and as their agent under a power of attorney. Call Attorney Jennifer Terrana for more information.

By jenniferter90045141, Sep 24 2015 03:49PM

I recently had the distinct pleasure of doing a live presentation on Advance Directive Documents at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. I was invited to speak by the St. Paul's Church Columbiettes about advance directive documents, what they are and why they are important.

The lively discussion included information about Last Will and Testaments; Durable Powers of Attorney and Living Will and Health Care Surrogates.

Attorney Terrana is happy to speak with church and community groups on a variety of Elder Law Topics. For more information and available dates, please call 727-270-9004 or email Ms. Terrana at:

Thank you so much St. Paul's Church Columbiettes - I enjoyed our time together!

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