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Orlando Will Creation Attorney

Looking for the Right Orange County Will and Estate Lawyer to Create or Update a Last Will or Living Will to Ensure Your Wishes Are Fulfilled, Avoid or Minimize Probate Court Hassles, Protect Your Legacy, and Make Sure Your Loved Ones Are Provided for?

Why Choose Family First Firm?

  • Confidential Case Assessment – During your confidential assessment, we will listen to you and help you determine your next steps.
  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Superb 10.0 rating on respected legal site AVVO, 5-star rating, with over 200 reviews on Google. See some of our reviews below.
  • Focused Legal Practice – Our firm focuses on Elder Law, wills, estate planning, asset protection, long-term care plans, and closely related areas.
  • No Hidden Fees – Know the costs before starting (in most situations).
  • Experienced – In our over 10 years in business, we’ve helped hundreds of families protect their legacy and plan for their future.
  • Custom Plans and Solutions – You and your family are unique. That’s why we don’t use fill-in-the-blank form documents. Your plan is YOUR Plan. Together we create plans that best fulfill your dreams and goals.
  • Highly Responsive – We strive for “freaky fast” returned client calls. No going dark or waiting days to hear back.
  • Proactive Approach – We help clients to prevent legal problems and mistakes before they happen.
  • Client Education Focused – You’ll get a clear & concise understanding of each step in the process.
  • We’re Here For You Afterwards – After creating your plan, we periodically check in with you and keep you informed and can meet to review changes in your assets, situation, or wishes.

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Reasons to create or update a Last or Living Will:

  • Don’t have a last will or living will
  • Have minor children
  • Have a DIY / form-generated will and want to upgrade to a more robust document
  • Moved to Florida and want to update your will to comply with Florida law
  • You and/or your spouse are “getting up there in years”
  • Have a blended family / 2nd marriage
  • Recent illness or adverse medical diagnosis
  • Want to transfer your business to the next generation
  • Going on vacation or an extended trip
  • Having surgery
  • Have a special needs child
  • Pending divorce
  • Want to leave an inheritance to spouse, children, or loved ones
  • Want to support charitable interests
  • Have a holographic will, and want to update it to have it recognized by Florida Law

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What Are the Different Types of Wills for Florida Estate Planning?

Various Wills serve different purposes in Florida:

  • Simple Will (Last Will and Testament). This is the most basic type of will, which allows the testator to appoint a Personal Representative, or executor, to handle and administer the estate, including distributing assets to the intended beneficiaries. When creating a Simple Will, you can also designate a guardian for your minor children.
  • Pour-Over Will. Seen as supplementary to a trust, this type of Will transfers any probate assets into your trust upon your death. Overall, the pour-over Will is utilized if you forgot to title an asset into your Trust. Having both a Trust and a pour-over Will ensures that all your assets will ultimately be distributed pursuant to your Trust at your death.
  • Mirror Image Will. A “mirror-image Will” is two separate Wills, usually written by two married or unmarried partners. The mirror-image Wills are nearly identical terms with identical provisions, the only difference being the spouses/partners identification of themselves.
  • Testamentary Trust. This is a trust that is created from a complex Will. The trust does not come into existence until the death of the testator and the Will is admitted to probate, and ultimately funded with trust assets. This type of “Will” is not common.

It is important to note that holographic wills, or wills handwritten by the testator, are not recognized as valid wills in the state of Florida. Bring your holographic will with you, and we can assist in making it a valid will.

While not all wills require the help of a lawyer to draft, the consequences of having a will done incorrectly can be devastating for your loved ones. Ensure your legacy is protected by calling our office today.

Client Reviews – Family First Firm

Google Review | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLConstantine Dean Caravelis Review | Will and Trust Attorneys | Orlando, FLKatherine Valentine Review | Medicaid & Guardianship Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLMary O'Neal Review | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLAvvor Rating | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLRobert Review | Estate Plan & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLVivant Senior Living | Estate Plan & Medicaid Law | Orlando, FL
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Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us and Their Experience

“I will recommend this firm to all my friends and clients,” “Family First Firm is top notch!,” “every single staff member is brilliant, kind, and caring,” “Geoff Hoatson is the real deal and treats his clients and colleagues with professionalism and compassion,” “The firm fosters a culture of respect and diligence combined with a fun and pleasant environment,” “extremely helpful and made a number of highly useful suggestions,” “I would absolutely refer my friends to this firm in the future,” “Family First has been my go to for any matters outside my scope of practice specifically elder law affairs,” “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from their experience with their services,” “Family First is dependable, responsive, professional and always willing to help even with the most complex cases,” “Family First is an Elder Law Firm we without any hesitation can certainly trust and refer our residents and family members,” “They, at all times, provide everlasting support to our Nursing Home Residents in an always understanding and supportive charisma,” “This group has been such a blessing to our family,” “very professional, knowledgeable, honest and above all caring throughout our journey,” “If you need assistance with Medicaid, call immediately,” “Family First Firm is THE BEST at Medicaid qualification, guardianship and all estate or financial planning for seniors!,” “I cannot praise them enough for what they do,” “professional, passionate, compassionate and knowledgeable,” “a great team of folks that really go above and beyond for their clients,” “Family First Firm and everyone who works there are totally outstanding,”

If these qualities are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.

Creating, Changing, or Amending a Will / Codicil

Creating a will is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones. Detailing your properly helps your heirs avoid unnecessary problems with probate. It also provides the peace of mind that your possessions and assets will go where you want them to. All wills must meet certain standards, such as being witnessed to be legally valid. That’s why to really ensure the best outcome, people choose to “do it right” and work with an attorney.

A codicil may be required if you already have a will and want to change, update, or amend the document. A codicil typically refers to a change in beneficiaries, a change in your personal representative, or an addition to the will. The codicil is for when you want to add to, alter, delete, revoke or republish your will.

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Professional Associations

Avvo Rating 10.0 | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FL2021 Honoree 500 | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLGoogle Review | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLBest Business of 2021 - ThreeBest Rated | Orlando, FL 32804Rising Stars Geoff Hoatson | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLRising Stars Jeanette Mora | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FLThe Florida Bar | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, | Medicaid & Elder Law Attorneys | Orlando, FL

Our Location

We help families locally within or near the Orange County Area.

Locally we serve Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Longwood, Apopka, Lake Mary, Clermont, Deland, Kissimmee, Windermere, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Groveland, Casselberry, Celebration, Lake Nona and many other locations.

What To Do Now:

We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Don’t let everything you’ve worked for just slip away due to a lack of proper planning. Invest the time now to learn your options by speaking with us and making the choices that best protect your legacy and wishes. Call us for one-on-one assistance at (407) 574-8125 with your questions, a description of your situation or to schedule a consultation. You may also simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office. You can expect a reply within 1 business day and often within hours the same day. All information is confidential.

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Winter Park Office

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1030 W Canton Avenue, Suite 102,
Winter Park FL 32789

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Altamonte Springs Office

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By Appointment Only

715 Douglas Ave Suite# 40,
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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