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Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Sarasota and Manatee

Since 1997, the lawyers of Buckman & Buckman, P.A., have offered a wide range of estate planning services to our clients. We believe it is important for individuals and families to plan wisely for the future.

We provide flat-fee pricing for wills, living wills (advanced / health care directives), revocable living trusts, special needs trusts, durable power of attorney and health care surrogate documentation. Our attorneys can walk you through the need for each document and the protection each one provides to your estate and your assets.

By working with a Buckman & Buckman estate planning attorney, you can develop a comprehensive and consistent estate plan that carries out your wishes for final distribution of your assets and helps to put your mind at ease.

We are a family-run law firm. We treat our clients like family, too. We listen closely to them and develop a strong understanding of their estate planning goals. We also explain the steps that we can take to achieve those objectives. We believe clients deserve that highly personalized, one-on-one attention. Nothing less will do. Contact us today to discuss your estate planning needs.

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What Are Your Estate Planning Goals?

When death inevitably comes to a person, several legal matters must be addressed before closing the person’s estate. If the deceased failed to engage in proper estate planning, surviving family members will be left to sort through a variety of complex issues, which can quickly lead to stress and conflict.

The Buckman & Buckman estate planning attorneys offer estate planning services that are aimed at helping families to avoid these problems. When you work with us, we can:

  • Establish your will. A will sets out who will receive your money and property upon your death. If you do not have a will, Florida intestacy law will decide how your estate is handled and who gets what. Family members may need to file their own costly and difficult lawsuits in order to assert their rights. It will be better for everyone if you leave a will that carries out your wishes. It will be important to work with a lawyer who knows how to properly prepare a will so that it complies with Florida law’s many requirements.
  • Establish a trust to increase your control. Establishing a revocable living trust can allow you to provide for your family members after your death while, at the same time, avoiding probate. When assets are placed in a trust, rules of the trust establish change of ownership upon your death as well as dissolution of the trust. Because the trust owns your money and property, no probate process is involved. A special needs (or supplemental needs) trust can shield assets for an heir with disabilities. The trust’s ownership of money or property can allow your loved ones to benefit from your gift without any impact on their ability to receive disability benefits.
  • Document instructions in case you become ill. Anyone can become incapacitated by illness or accidental injury. A living will (also called an “advance directive” or “health care directive”) can explain the extent of medical care you will want in such a situation and identify who will make decisions about your care. A durable power of attorney names a person who may act on your behalf in legal, financial and health care decisions if you are incapacitated. These documents ensure that important health care and/or financial decisions will be made by a person you trust.

Planning for the latter stages of life is the proper and caring thing to do for your family and for yourself. Buckman & Buckman can help you through the process and ensure that your final wishes are known and followed.

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  1. Establish your will. A will sets out who will receive your money and property upon your death.
  2. Establish a trust to increase your control. Establishing a revocable living trust can allow you to provide for your family members after your death while, at the same time, avoiding probate.
  3. Document instructions in case you become ill. Anyone can become incapacitated by illness or accidental injury.

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Both Richard and I want to express the highest satisfaction for the professional preparation of our legal documents. We are grateful to have found a team that has our needs and desires and can carry that out in our trust documents. The turn-around time was off the charts, beyond anything imagined. Thanks to the entire team for your professional guidance and the accurate work done. — Richard & Janet

Do You Need Estate Litigation Services?

Have you been wrongly dropped from a will because someone manipulated your loved one? Is the family trust being mishandled? If so, you should contact Buckman & Buckman. We have extensive experience in estate litigation. We can get to work on your case immediately.

You can take legal action if undue influence from another party or your loved one’s mental incapacity led to estate planning changes that harmed your interests. Our estate litigation attorneys can help you to get to the bottom of what is going on. We will protect your rights.

Forcing a will into probate and trust litigation are proper legal remedies when wills and trusts are not as they should be. Sometimes, it can be a simple mistake or oversight that needs to be corrected so as to ensure you are treated fairly. We will carefully review all details in your case.

Our Estate Planning Attorneys Want to Help You

When you contact Buckman & Buckman, you will speak directly with a lawyer – not a paralegal or case manager. The lawyer will listen to you and take the time to understand your estate planning needs. The lawyer will also guide you carefully through the services we can provide to you.

Our goal will be to simplify the estate planning process for you and to make sure that we provide solutions that squarely meet your objectives.

Don’t put it off planning for the future. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you in a free and confidential consultation.

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Money Won For Clients

$1.6 Million

Estate Litigation Settlement

Estate Litigation settlement stemming from wrongful procurement of a will and breach of fiduciary duty by the personal representative of an estate.

$300,000

Estate Litigation Settlement

Settlement against a trustee and personal representative who attempted to defraud the beneficiary of a will from her rightful inheritance.

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