• Why Choose
    Our Firm?

    We limit the number of clients that we have at one time, allowing us to focus on your case.

    Personalized Representation
  • Know the
    Benefits

    Find out if you and your family can benefit from our elder law planning services!

    More Information
  • Dedicated & Experienced

    Our firm exclusively handles elder law concerns so your family can obtain peace of mind.

    Meet Your Attorney
  • Complimentary Consultation

    Let us help. Request your consultation today and we will be in touch.

    Contact Us Now

Estate Planning Is Not A One Time Event

Putting together 1) plans for taking care of those you love once you pass away as well as 2) plans for taking care of yourself if you become incapacitated may not be at the top of your “to do” list. Once they do rise to the top of the “to do” list and you take care of these difficult, but oh so necessary tasks, you may want to jump for joy that you never have to face these tasks again.

However, don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. Just as life changes, estate and incapacity plans need to change. An estate and incapacity plan that has become outdated because it hasn’t evolved as your life has evolved can create just as much havoc as no planning at all.

Even if your family situation doesn’t change, the law does. For example, last fall in Florida there were some major changes made to the durable power of attorney statute. One of the results is that if the durable power of attorney does not specifically say that your agent can perform a certain activity for you, they can’t perform that activity.

If your durable power of attorney was put in place during a time when a general grant of authority was acceptable, you may no longer have as much protection from your durable power of attorney as you think you do. It is still valid, but only to the extent that it specifically lists powers it is granting to your agent and activities your agent is authorized to perform on your behalf. If you have a 3 page durable power of attorney with only a few specifically listed delegated duties, you may be destined for the guardianship court you thought you were avoiding by signing a durable power of attorney in the first place.

So, just as your car needs a tune-up and you need an annual physical, your estate and incapacity plans need a check-up as well. Make room on your “to do” list for these plans to rotate back into the top spot on a regular basis. This way you can have confidence that what you want is what you are still getting.

  • Why Choose
    Our Firm?

    We limit the number of clients that we have at one time, allowing us to focus on your case.

    Personalized Representation
  • Know the
    Benefits

    Find out if you and your family can benefit from our elder law planning services!

    More Information
  • Dedicated & Experienced

    Our firm exclusively handles elder law concerns so your family can obtain peace of mind.

    Meet Your Attorney
  • Complimentary Consultation

    Let us help. Request your consultation today and we will be in touch.

    Contact Us Now

Contact Us

Edwards Elder Law, P.A.
St. Petersburg Elder Law Attorney
Located at: 2510 1st Ave. N.,
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
View Map
Phone: (727) 755-5808
Website:
© 2017 All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.