Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning

At the Law Offices of George B. Handelsman, P.A., we represent individuals, families, and caregivers in a variety of estate planning services. We provide personalized services in an effort to understand and fulfill your specific needs and wishes. Our comprehensive estate planning services deal with your assets during your lifetime and after death, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and other estate planning services.  Our estate planning services will  address the many concerns for you and your loved ones. Planning for distribution of the assets after death entails drafting a Last Will and Testament or a Trust to provide for  your loved ones and provides for an orderly administration.  Planning for disability or incapacity during your lifetime means the preparation of Powers of Attorney either for  financial or health care decision making. A Living Will can help you and your family deal with end-of-life decision making.

Would you like to speak with an attorney regarding our estate planning services? Call the Law Offices of George B. Handelsman, P.A. to arrange for your consultation.

Since our founding in 1982, we have set a standard for quality legal services, and we are well-qualified to perform the following services for you.  Our law firm offers a full range of estate planning services designed to help you plan for the future, to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are followed during your lifetime and after death. We can provide you with the following estate planning services:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Trust – During lifetime or after death/Revocable or Irrevocable
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills

Last Will and Testament

A Last Will and Testament provides for an orderly distribution of your assets to your beneficiaries after your death and provides for the payment of debts, administrative expenses and taxes.  It also appoints an executor who has the authority to make all decisions related to the administration of the estate after death.


A trust is a separate legal entity set up to handle your affairs and to hold assets, which can become effective during your lifetime or after your death.  A trust names beneficiaries who will receive distributions of principal or interest from the trust.  A trust can be irrevocable or revocable depending on your tax planning needs and whether you will need access to the trust assets and income during your lifetime. Trusts have many uses and can be an important part of your estate plan.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney allows you to appoint someone else to make health care or financial decisions for you during your lifetime when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself.

Living Will

Living Will allows you to decide during your lifetime about end of life decisions.  In particular, if you are in terminal condition, do you want to be hooked up to machines to be kept alive artificially, when there is no possibility for recovery.


Common mistakes people make in Estate Planning:

  • Not making the time to write a Will before you die
  • Picking the wrong person as executor
  • Failing to update your Will when you marry or have children
  • Using a generic Will form you found online
  • Failing to include joint accounts and insurance in your planning
  • Failing to set up a Trust for kid’s college education
  • Failing to consider income and estate tax consequences
  • Failing to provide for children who are minors
  • Not appointing a power of attorney before being hospitalized
  • Not executing a Living Will for end of life decisions
  • Not providing for contingent beneficiaries
  • Not contacting an estate planning attorney to assist you


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