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Your life has changed so much since getting married. Now, you have a true partner in life. You’re excited about all that lies ahead, and you want to make sure you get off to a good start. Visiting a Palm Harbor estate planning attorney is one of the most important actions you can take as a newlywed. With an attorney’s help, you can take the steps necessary to safeguard your future. Go over some ways an estate planning attorney can help you and your new spouse.

Update or Draft Your Will

If  you don’t have a will yet, your attorney will draft one. This document can make sure that your spouse is in charge of making decisions and inheriting your assets.  

Do you and your spouse already have wills? If so, you need to take them to a Palm Harbor estate planning lawyer to update them. Keep in mind that you cannot disinherit a spouse in Florida. If you don’t update your will, your spouse will still receive an elective share of your estate, plus your homestead property. Your Palm Harm estate planning attorney will go over the details with you while drafting or updating your will.

Living Will and Health Care Surrogate

When you’re newly married, becoming incapacitated is likely the furthest thing from your mind. However, something could happen, even if you’re still young. We have seen too many tragic things happen to young people, such as a car accident or an accident on our bike trails.  This would devastate your spouse, but you can lessen the impact by having the proper advanced directives in place. 

Both you and your spouse should create a living will that explains the type of care you wish to receive if you’re in a coma, have a terminal illness such as cancer, or have an end-stage condition such as renal failure.   Also, you should designate a healthcare surrogate to make decisions for you if you can’t make them for yourself. You will likely want to name your spouse in the first position, but what happens if you’re both in a car accident and can’t make decisions for each other?  These are the types of issues we can help you think about!  

Without these documents, you or your spouse will have to petition the court for the right to make important decisions. Family members might try to block the petition, and it could turn into a legal battle.

Power of Attorney

Your estate planning lawyer can also draft powers of attorney for each of you. You might want to give your new spouse a power of attorney to handle your affairs if you become incapacitated. If not, you can choose another person that you trust. 

These are just some of the ways a Palm Harbor estate planning lawyer can help you plan for the future. Contact Sherri M. Stinson, P.A. to learn more about the available services.

New Parents

Having a child is one of the most exciting, fulfilling experiences possible. It’s also life-changing. Before, you only had to think about yourself and your significant other. Now, you’re concerned with your child’s well-being and want to ensure he or she is cared for if you pass away unexpectedly. This is why Palm Harbor estate planning is so important for new parents. Sherri M. Stinson, P.A. can help you get your affairs in order so your child will be protected, no matter what the future brings.

Empty Nesters

You spent what feels like most of your life raising children, but now they are grown and living independent lives. At this point, you likely feel a wealth of emotions. Part of you feels free to do the things you’ve put off for years, such as traveling. However, you might feel like you’ve lost your sense of purpose and have some anxiety and depression.

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