Estate Planning

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Although we don’t like to face our own mortality, estate planning can help simplify things for your loved ones. Not only that, but it can ensure your wishes are carried out exactly how you’d like them to be.

We’ll make sure your valuable property such as cars, home, investments, and more is put in the right hands. This avoids family disputes and other legal battles from occurring down the road.

An estate plan is comprised of many documents.  It not only includes a last will and testament, but may also include a trust, a power of attorney, preneed guardian, healthcare surrogate, and living will.  You can also have documents drafted to protect your children, such as a declaration naming preneed guardian for minor children.

All of these documents contain different things and cover different scenarios.  A last will and testament will distribute your estate upon your passing.  We call this process probate, which is a court process.  However sometimes a carefully drafted estate plan may not require anything to be probated through the courts.

A power of attorney is one of the most powerful documents in existence.  It delegates someone to act on your behalf (i.e. an attorney in fact) and make decisions for you.  These decisions range from banking to medical to educational.  This document terminates either upon revocation or upon death of the party.

A healthcare surrogate designates an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so.  This individual also has the authority to obtain your medical records.

Next, a living will designates a person, usually a spouse or close family member, to terminate life supporting procedures in the event a doctor determines that you will not regain the ability to live without medical assistance.

Lastly, a pre-need guardian designates a person to be appointed by the court in the event a guardianship needs to be established for you.  This document can also declare a guardian for any children you may have.

We, at Integrity Law, are always available to consult with you regarding these estate planning documents as well as the ramifications for not having an estate plan.  Call us today for a free consultation. (904) 224-2100. We look forward to serving you.


It is said that an adoption is like grafting a new branch onto a family tree. Every adoption changes history by creating new family relationships. Integrity Law assists with several varieties of adoption in Florida.

Private Adoptions are usually done by consent of one or both birth parents. In this type of adoption, the birth parent(s) selects the person or couple to adopt the child. The selected adoptive parent(s) will need to have a home study conducted to determine their fitness and ability to care for the child. Private adoptions are a two-step process. First the birth parents’ rights to the child are extinguished in one judicial proceeding. Next, the adoptive parent(s) petitions the court to adopt the child. Financial assistance is sometimes provided by the adoptive parent(s) to the birth parent(s).

Stepparent and Relative adoptions follow a different procedure. These adoptions are an expedited process whereby a stepparent or relative within the third degree of relation to the child petitions the court to adopt. It is a one-step process. The birth parents’ rights are extinguished and the adoption is granted in a single judicial proceeding. Also, the requirement for a home study is usually waived. Sometimes the adoption is contested by one or both birth parents and the adoptive parent must prove to the court that the child should be freed for adoption.

Some children become available to adopt after the State of Florida has stepped in to protect the child from abuse, abandonment or neglect. After the child is freed for adoption by the State, anyone may apply to adopt the child. Besides providing a forever home to a child, there are additional benefits that come with adoption through the dependency and foster care system. These benefits may include health insurance for the child, free public college tuition and monthly stipends. The State also covers the cost of filing and attorney’s fees for the adoptive parents.

It is a high honor for us at Integrity Law to assist individuals and couples of all backgrounds and orientations expand their family. If you are a birth mother seeking solutions, or an individual or couple seeking to expand your family, we can help. Call us today at (904) 224-2100 for your free consultation.