Estate Planning / Probate / Guardianship

Without proper estate planning, much of what you have worked so hard to earn and keep throughout your lifetime may not be handled as you wish. None of us like to think about incapacity or death. Attorneys Jeffrey S. Goethe and Lawrence W. Thomas each have more than 25 years of experience and have seen the consequences of not planning, or failing to keep plans updated.  They help you plan in advance, so your estate will be administered according to your wishes and ensure that all of your property is properly transferred to the beneficiaries or trustees according to your wishes.

Estate Planning.  Our firm has assisted thousands of clients from Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Parrish, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, and the greater Sarasota-Manatee County area with wills, living wills, advanced directives and healthcare documents, powers of attorney, revocable and irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning, and the administration of probate, trust, and guardianship estates. We monitor and pay careful attention to changes in the law that apply to these areas. Our goal is to find the best solutions for each client.  We take the time to thoroughly listen to each client’s needs and desires in order to prepare the most appropriate estate planning documents for each client.

Guardianship and Incapacity.  Incapacity can strike a family without warning, either due to an accident or medical condition, or simply due to aging. Our attorneys have provided guidance to families in making personal and financial decisions that must be made when a family member is no longer able to make his or her own decisions. We help during the complex, and often emotional, process of establishing a guardianship when necessary to protect the property and well-being of a loved one. We then assist guardians in complying with   laws that regulate the conduct of guardians.  When possible, we look to existing powers of attorney, health care directives, and trusts as alternatives to guardianship and assist attorneys-in-fact, health care surrogates, and trustees carry out their legal duties.

Probate and Trust Administrations. Our attorneys have also helped thousands of families navigate the process of administering a loved one’s probate estate or trust. We assist with paying debts, expenses, and taxes and help with the sale of assets, if needed. We are available to answer the multitude of questions that often arise after the death or incapacity of a loved one. If you have not already established your estate plan, the lawyers of Barnes Walker are here to help.

Attorney Jeffrey S. Goethe is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

In addition to estate planning and probate law, the Barnes Walker law firm has extensive experience in business law, real estate law, and litigation. To arrange for a consultation, please contact Barnes Walker today at (941) 741-8224 or email us at info@barneswalker.com. Please do not send personal or sensitive information by email until you have decided to hire our firm and we have agreed to accept you as a client. We look forward to assisting you.