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Time To Start Planning Your Departure

Written by: Jeremy M. Brown

What happens to your stuff when you pass away? Who gets what? Do you have a Power of Attorney? Have you designated a Health Care Surrogate? Do you have a will?

For some people every one of the above questions is answered with a resounding, YES! For most people the answer is a reluctant, NO. Unfortunately, this is a topic that we never want to discuss because, let's face it, it is not a pleasant discussion topic.

The importance of creating a Will cannot be marginalized. It is paramount to ensure that your wishes are known and will be carried out after you are deceased. The distribution of your real property, personal property and other holdings is does not have to be left up to a Judge in the probate court based upon our laws regarding Intestacy(when you die without a will). By drafting a thorough and detailed will you have the power to dictate how your entire estate will be distributed and all of your parting wishes can be preserved. If you die without having a will then your wishes may not be preserved , and dissemination of your property (and possibly your child(ren) if there is no other parent) will be determined by a Probate Judge. The stress and uncertainty that this can cause your loved ones is immense and no one wants this to be his/her parting legacy. Don't let his happen and contact us regarding the preparation of your will today.

In addition to preparing your will I strongly encourage clients to execute a Durable Power of Attorney and to designate a Health Care Surrogate.

As a thank you to our men and women in the military and law enforcement, we offer complimentary simple wills, call the office for details.

For more information on drafting and executing a Will please contact the law firm of Schwam-Wilcox & Associates by calling 407-245-7700, by e-mailing or by visiting the website at Home Offices: Orlando, Kissimmee, and The Villages.

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