Estate Planning Attorneys in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach and Orange Park, FL

Helping Families Plan for the Future

The Edwards Law Firm welcomes you to the Estate Planning and Elder Law resource center for Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach and Orange Park, FL.  Our experienced attorneys strive for excellence in providing expert legal services in the broad areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law, including general and advanced estate planning, probate and trust administration, asset protection, long term care planning, VA benefits planning and guardianship.  Our professional staff will be happy to help you gain the knowledge you need to secure your future and that of your loved ones.

Estate Planning – The Benefits of a Will

A Will is a powerful Estate Planning tool designed to secure your wishes regarding your assets are fulfilled. A Will can help eliminate uncertainties as to how and by whom your estate should be managed upon your passing, and can also reduce the time spent dealing with the expensive and often emotional roller coaster that is probate.  Do not let a probate court determine how your assets are managed.   Let our experienced attorneys guide you through the process of setting up a Will, and help you gain some peace of mind.  The Edwards Law Firm can assist with creating your Will, seeing it through the Probate process, and distributing your estate as you wish.

Estate Planning – The Benefits of a Living Trust

The Edwards Law Firm can help you with the creation and the administration of your Living Trust. A Living Trust is an alternative to a Will and, like a a Will, it enables you to declare in writing how and by whom your estate should be managed.  Also like a Will, a Living Trust governs how you want your property to be distributed in the event of death; however, unlike a Will, a Living Trust may also govern how you want your property to be managed and distributed upon incapacity.  Another benefit of a Trust is that it can eliminate probate altogether.  For more information on the benefits of a Living Trust, come to one of our educational seminars or schedule a consultation today.

Probate and Trust Administration

Our attorneys are experienced in Probate and Trust Administration and understand the importance of being thorough but also of expediting these oft-complicated and highly stressful processes.  When you are already dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, why spend more time in court than necessary?  That is why The Edwards Law Firm prides itself on making the process as smooth as possible for our clients.

Advanced Estate Planning

Advanced Estate Planning is essential for those with more complicated estates, or for those who want to plan for such things as long term care.  The Edwards Law Firm offers a variety of advanced estate planning tools and techniques to fulfill your goals, including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Grantor Retained Income Trusts, Family Foundations and other advanced estate planning techniques to maintain that the wealth you accrued remains in your family.

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Legacy Planning

While estate planning deals with safeguarding your financial assets, our attorneys can also assist with the preservation of your family heirlooms, stories and any other “assets” invaluable to your family.  With a Legacy Plan, you can help ensure that your heirlooms, stories and life messages are passed on to future generations so that your legacy lives on.

Family Owned Businesses and Farms

Preserving your family business or farm is important; you worked hard to build it and it should be protected.  Our attorneys can design an estate plan to help protect your family business or farm against many uncertainties, legal and otherwise, and ensure that it is secure for future generations.

Estate Planning For the LGBT Community

As a result of Brenner v. Scott, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Florida since January 6, 2015.  The Edwards Law Firm has always understood the unique estate planning needs of the LGBT Community and, as such, since its inception has considered those needs in our repertoire of estate planning tools.  From Living Trusts to Health Care Directives, we can help you ensure that you are in charge of your own future.