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These important documents consist of the Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, and Living will. Signing these documents now allows your wishes to be followed in the future if you were unable to handle your own affairs.

Durable Power of Attorney

An important legal document is the Durable Power of Attorney which allows you to select a person to act on your behalf with respect to financial matters (i.e., paying your bills, depositing checks, etc.) if you become incapacitated in your lifetime. All adults should have a Power of Attorney in place if they become temporarily or permanently unable to take care of their own affairs.

Health Care Proxy

Since the Durable Power of Attorney does not pertain to health care issues, a Health Care Proxy form should also be signed. It is a similar concept as the Power of Attorney, except you select a person to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so. As with the Power of Attorney, your agent only acts if you are not able to do so.

Living will

The Living will works in conjunction with the Health Care Proxy document. It expresses to your Health Care Agent and medical personnel your wishes pertaining to end of life issues and life support decisions.

Having these documents in place can avoid a costly guardianship proceeding.


Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person's estate is passed to the beneficiaries named in their will and the debts of the estate are resolved. The Surrogate's Court (NY) validates the will and officially appoints the executor based on the decedent's wishes. Once appointed by the court, creditors must be notified of the individual's death and eventually distributions need to be made. In Florida, the Circuit Court administers such matters and appoints a personal representative. Covey, Roberts & Carmody-Roberts is well versed in the probate process and we know how to best assist our clients during this difficult time.

Estate administration is the legal process when there is no will and no trust in place. Generally a family member petitions the court to be appointed as Administrator of the estate. Once appointed, the process is similar to the probate process in that creditors must be notified and paid, and the assets properly distributed to the heirs.


Selling your home or commercial property? Looking to buy? We have many years of experience representing our clients with regard to real estate matters. Many of our clients who are already familiar with our firm regarding their estate planning needs are happy to find out that we can also assist them when buying or selling their homes. It is a relief to work with someone you already know and trust.


A will allows you to direct who will receive your property when you pass away. Without a will, the government dictates who will receive your assets. Executing your will also allows you to choose who will be your legal representative to carry out your wishes. Having a will in place is the most efficient, and often the least expensive way to administer your estate. We can assist you in making sure you have the right will for your specific situation.

A trust is a legal entity through which one person, called a trustee, holds legal title to property held for the benefit of another called a Beneficiary. There are many different kinds of trusts with various advantages; some trusts are designed to avoid the probate process, some to secure tax advantages, and some to protect assets. Call our office today to find out if a trust would be a beneficial part of your estate planning process, and we will review with you the various types of trusts such as revocable trust, irrevocable trust, special needs trust, etc.

Special Needs trusts

A special needs trust allows an individual to provide for the needs of a disabled individual such as a child or spouse. This type of trust allows the disabled person to receive trust assets without losing their government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, or low-income housing. It is a valuable tool when there is a family member with a disability of any age.

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The information contained on this website should not be construed as legal advice since each person's planning is unique to their personal situation and circumstances.