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Estate Planning | Probate | Trust Administration

ESTATE PLANNING

 

If truth be told, no one wants to think about disability or death. Yet, we know these things are inevitable. Taking the time now to develop a comprehensive estate plan is one of the most important things that you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you fail to plan, you risk leaving it to others or Florida law to make critical decisions that will impact your children, family, finances, and legacy. A standard estate plan includes the following:

 

  • Last Will and Testament or

  • Revocable Living Trust

  • Durable Power of Attorney

  • Designation of Healthcare Surrogate

  • Living Will

  • Designation of Preneed Guardian

 

Your estate plan is personal to you. One size does not fit all. Estate plans start at $600.00.

PROBATE ATTORNEY

 

Probate is the legal process of transferring the assets of a deceased person to their beneficiaries or heirs. The Court oversees the estate to make sure debts are paid and proper distributions are made. Probate is needed when a court order is required to transfer ownership or to distribute assets of the estate. As a probate attorney, I help the personal representative administer the estate of their loved one. A probate attorney is needed whether or not a deceased person died with a will. Click below to learn more about probate. 

TRUST ADMINISTRATION 

 

 

Serving as the administrator of a trust can be overwhelming. I can help. If you are the administrator of a trust, you have a lot of things to do. Even a trust that is as clear as possible can pose challenges. Every trust is different.

 

ABOUT

SHANTA

I was born and raised right here in Ocala, FL. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the Florida State University and my Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in 2009. After law school, I returned to Ocala and have practiced law here ever since. I served as an Assistant Public Defender for two years and worked for Daniel L. Hightower, P.A., before starting my own firm. 

I serve as the Chair of the 5th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, Secretary of the Marion County Bar Association and am a member of the Estate Planning Council of Marion County. I am also actively involved in the local community. I mentor high school students through Take Stock in Children and am a member of the Junior League of Ocala.
 

I am a lover of travel and all things "DIY." Green is my favorite color. I am married and have five year old twins that keep me on my toes constantly. I look forward to helping you with all your estate planning, probate and personal injury needs.
 

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108 N. MAGNOLIA AVE SUITE 600

OCALA, FL 34475

Email: shanta@smatthewslaw.com
Tel:  (352) 421-8722

Fax: (352) 732-4892

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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday - Friday

 

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