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Florida law provides for the passage of property upon death when a person does not have a will. If you want to control how your property passes you should have a document that sets that out. Otherwise state law will dictate how the property passes and that may not agree with what you want.
A will only provides how you want your property to pass at death and whom you want to be in charge of your estate.
Other documents, which should be considered in this type of advance planning include:
– This expresses the desire of the person who signs it not to be artificially kept alive on life support if their condition is hopeless and death would otherwise be imminent.
Health Care Surrogate
– This is a document which authorizes someone else to deal with medical professionals and make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
Power of Attorney
– This authorizes someone to act on your behalf in financial matters.
– This creates a trust during your lifetime into which all your property is transferred with you retaining the right to manage and use it. This avoids probate at your death.