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Probate & Guardianship

Serving South Florida For Over 35 Years

Judith A. Frankel specializes in Probate administration and estate management and distribution of property/inheritance, Guardianships, Competency/capacity determination for Miami Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward County.

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Probate Administration

Probate administration means the legal process by which  a person’s assets are distributed to those entitled after death.  If there is a valid will, the administration is based on the terms of the will.  The Will nominates or names who will be the personal representative and that person after being appointed by the court with the assistance of an attorney manages the administration of the estate.  If there is no will,  the laws of Florida will have the administration through our intestate statutes which list by priority who can be appointed as the personal representative and that person, appointed by the court with the assistance of an attorney, manages the administration and distribution of the estate based on statutory guidelines. Please click the link to read more about Probate Administration.

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Last Wills & Testaments

What is a Last Will and Testament?

A Last Will and Testament  is a written communication by which a person directs how his or her estate is to be distributed upon death. The estate consists of the property that one leaves behind after death.  The Last Will and Testament nominates the person and persons who are in charge under the supervision of the court is complying with the instructions is the Will.

It is essential that the Last Will and Testament comply’s with state law and the advice and assistance of an experienced attorney in drafting and signing of the document is essential to insure that your stated directions can be achieved.  Please call our office at 305-867-1313 so we can help you achieve your objectives.

Why Do I Need a Will?

Wills are the most basic element of estate planning. A will is a legal document that explains how you want your property and assets distributed after your death. It allows you to say who you want to carry out your wishes and provides you with the opportunity to nominate a guardian for your children.  Call our office at 305-867-1313.

Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives for Health Care

Many people worry about what could happen to them if they suffered a medical emergency or became incapacitated. Luckily, most states recognize the need to plan for future incapacity with planning tools referred to as advance directives. Advance directives can include durable powers of attorney for financial matters or health care, and "do not hospitalize" or "do not resuscitate" orders. With these tools, people can direct one or more persons to make certain health care and financial decisions in the event of their incapacity. States have different requirements so it is important to understand what documents are needed to create valid advance directives. Call our office at 305-867-1313 so we can help you achieve the peace of mind knowing that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your health and financial needs when you are in need.

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WHAT IS A GUARDIANSHIP? A guardianship is a legal proceeding in the circuit courts of Florida in which a guardian is appointed to exercise the legal rights of an incapacitated person.

WHAT IS A GUARDIAN? A guardian is an individual or institution such as a bank trust department appointed by the court to care for an incapacitated person-called a "ward" or for the ward's assets.

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Elder Exploitation

Elder exploitation. The words are ominous.  The most common form of exploitation is economic either by unauthorized use of the credit card, writing checks or even more grievous, influencing the victim by intimation, confusion or subterfuge to sign a quit claim deed transferring the property out of the victim’s name.  The Miami-Dade Clerk’s office will send a letter to the victim when a quit claim deed is recorded.  At that moment the victim feels embarrassed, depressed, helpless thinking that their home has been lost.

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