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Estate Planning FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Have Questions About Estate Planning in Florida?

Creating an estate plan is not always a straightforward process. Even for a simple estate, there are many steps necessary before you have a legally sound plan drafted. At Peter J. Snyder, P.A., attorney Peter J. Snyder understands this firsthand. He has helped many people throughout Florida create tailored estate plans. This page will address some of the most common questions that his clients have asked about the estate planning process.

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What is an estate plan?


An estate plan is a set of legal documents that lets your loved ones and the state know how to handle your affairs if you pass away or become incapacitated.


What documents should an estate plan have?


There are a few critical components of every estate plan. These include:

  • A last will and testament

  • A power of attorney

  • Advance medical directives

  • Trusts

That said, every estate is different. The documents that you include in your estate plan may vary.


Do I really need a will? What happens if I die without one?


Every adult should have a last will and testament. It ensures that your assets go to the people you choose. If you pass away without a will, then your estate will go through probate and the court will distribute your assets – and they may not go to the beneficiaries you would have chosen.


Can I make my own estate plan?


There are many websites that offer do-it-yourself wills for free or for a small fee. However, the court does not always uphold these documents in court. It is worth the effort to work with an attorney who can draft legally sound estate planning documents.