Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Attorneys
Gainesville attorneys for wills and estate planning you can trust.
The attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts are qualified to provide legal guidance and representation in several areas of estate and probate law. Whether you need help assessing your assets, creating a will, protecting assets for the future or need help during the probate process in Florida, our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the legal system.
Gainesville Elder Law Attorneys
It is never too early to take note of your assets and make a plan for the future. Whether you are on your own or have an extended family, it is important to plan for the unexpected, and we highly recommend early planning for those who might have more than one beneficiary. You can trust our business law attorneys to provide excellent counsel in all aspects of estate and wealth planning, including:
- Trust and estate administration
- Guardianship administration
- Trust and estate litigation
- Drafting a will
- Florida probate process
When planning for your estate, don’t cut corners to try to do it all yourself. Our attorneys are fully versed in Florida law concerning wills, trusts, and estates, and we understand that no two estates are identical. We don’t just provide a one-estate-fits-all form, rather we build a relationship with our clients so we can get a better understanding of what matters most to each client. We help our clients create and plan for trusts, draft wills and find a life-planning strategy that works for you, all while minimizing taxes and streamlining probate processes.
Trust & Estate Administration Attorneys
Estate administrators and fiduciaries don’t always have the expertise required to act on the best interest of an estate or beneficiaries. It is our experience that estate personal representatives often are not qualified to carry out the many legal responsibilities expected of them which can lead to a breach of trust. In order to protect yourself if you have been appointed a personal representative or estate administrator, obtain legal representation through Warner, Sechrest & Butts in Gainesville. Our legal team can help you streamline the probate process by ensuring that all outstanding debts of the decedent are settled, that the proper assets have been gathered and distributed, that required legal announcements are made, and that all necessary taxes have been paid. We also provide litigation services should there be a disagreement between those involved.
Fiduciaries can also benefit from our legal expertise as we counsel on the correct ways to execute the duties required. We can also protect fiduciaries from litigious beneficiaries or creditors.
Guardianship Administration Attorneys
The decision to seek guardianship for minors or adults can be difficult, and it’s often a painful and emotional time for family members. Our Gainesville attorneys have worked with families across North Central Florida to help them receive guardianship orders, and we have helped guide guardians through the tasks and responsibilities expected of them. But we also represent the minor or adult who has been deemed incapable to ensure that their rights are not revoked and that they are being treated well in their new environment. We will always fight for the rights of a victim, so if the person who is alleged to be incapacitated is being abused, if a guardian is acting inappropriately, or if guardianship is sought when no incapacity exists, we will fight for the best interest of our client.
If you want to become a guardian, contact our guardianship administration attorneys. We can help you complete the application process and ensure that everything is in order so that you are more likely to be approved.
Trust & Estate Litigation Attorneys
When the division or distribution of assets occurs, litigation often follows. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, we provide legal counsel to administrators of trusts and estates so that they can avoid a breach in duty and also protect themselves from those who feel jilted. Being a representative or administrator is no easy task, and there are many legal ramifications for simple mistakes or errors.
We also provide representation to trustees and beneficiaries who believe a breach in duty has occurred or who wish to contest a will. We will actively investigate any and all claims that the decedent created a will while under duress or in an incapacitated state of mind. If someone has acted wrongfully, count on the trust and estate litigation attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts.
Wills & Probate Attorneys
If you need to create a will, or you want to contest a will, our estate attorneys in Gainesville can provide the expert counsel and representation you need. Florida laws are very specific about the type of wills that are considered legal and valid, so if you want to plan for a future after you pass, then you’ll want to ensure that your will is valid. There are many reasons why a will is contested, and because our attorneys are so experienced in these matters, we are able to actively pursue invalidity claims.
Often, these claims are raised during the probate process, which is another estate matter that our attorneys can help you navigate. If you’ve been appointed as a personal representative of an estate, we can help. Estate representatives must meet certain requirements, but knowledge of the legal probate process is not necessary. This results in many people not being fully aware of what is expected of them. It also opens the door to making mistakes and allowing a breach of duty litigation to come to light. Probate is a very long process, even in the best case scenarios. Our Gainesville law firm can help you every step of the way so that the process can be as streamlined as possible.
It is not uncommon for disagreements to occur and tempers to flare during an estate probate process. If you feel that a will is not valid or that the representative is not doing their duty, contact our probate attorneys. We can help you resolve any claim against the estate, the representative or a beneficiary.
The Most-Trusted Will & Estate Planning Attorneys
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., our goal is simple: provide the best counsel we can and do what’s right by our clients. Planning for the future or carrying out a will is not easy. Emotions can run high, and it can be difficult trying to ensure that your family will be financially set without you. But you should know that hiring a probate, will, or estate planning attorney can help ease the stress and anxiety many clients feel. Contact us today and let us help you plan for the future.