Estate Planning & Probate
Central Florida Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys
The Volusia County probate lawyers at James & Zimmerman advise central Florida families about wills and trusts, powers of attorney, and estate administration. For additional information about the full range of our estate planning and probate services, contact us in DeLand.
Our estate planning services are designed to serve families with varying needs and objectives, ranging from a basic estate plan to sophisticated trust instruments for wealth preservation, minimizing estate taxes, or charitable contributions. Whatever your situation happens to be, we'll take the time to understand your goals so that our estate planning solution will be suited to your goals.
For many families, a simple will together with incapacity planning instruments will be sufficient to meet their needs. We'll explain and prepare durable and medical powers of attorney, so that trusted persons will handle your financial and medical affairs in the event of your sudden inability to make your own decisions. We'll also prepare an advance directive to physicians, which will document and clearly express your specific intentions concerning the extent of treatment and life support you will receive at the end of life.
We also serve the estate planning needs of families whose objectives might include family business management succession planning, shelters from estate tax liability, probate avoidance, or charitable contributions. Our understanding and use of sophisticated trust instruments for specific estate planning objectives can make a significant difference to the success of your broader wealth preservation strategy.
The probate attorneys at James & Zimmerman also represent executors, administrators, and personal representatives in the probate of wills and the administration of estates. We'll prove the validity of the will, marshal and inventory assets, prepare estate tax returns, handle and resolve claims against the estate, and distribute bequests to the decedent's heirs.
If you're the executor or administrator of a central Florida decedent's estate, but you live outside of Florida, we can handle your probate responsibilities on a remote basis while keeping you fully informed of the progress of the estate and any unexpected developments. We can minimize or eliminate the need for you to return to Florida in the discharge of your duties.
For more information about the range of our estate planning and probate services, contact the Volusia County wills and trusts lawyers at James & Zimmerman in DeLand.