Law Firm of Michael W. Porter
535 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710
(727) 327-7600

                       
Practice Areas

 

Estate Planning - Our firm handles Estate Planning matters which is the area dealing with the distribution of an individual's property at his or her death, taking into account wills, taxes, insurance, property, and trusts so as to gain maximum benefit of all laws and, at the same time, carrying out the person's wishes. Estate Planning may include the use of wills, testamentary trusts, revocable inter vivos trusts, and other estate and tax planning documents.

Probate & Estate Administration - Our firm handles Probate and Estate Administration. Probate is the legal process by which a person's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon her or his death. Lawyers refer to the entity that owns the deceased's assets until those assets are distributed as an "estate." Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets. The process, generally, includes collecting and valuing the assets of the decedent, liquidating assets, paying necessary taxes and liabilities, and distribution of property to heirs. Individual state laws direct the probate court how to distribute the deceased's estate. State laws and procedures vary greatly, so, it is important to consult a firm with experience in this area of the law to ensure that the deceased's assets are distributed correctly, according to Florida law.

Guardianship Administration - Our firm has extensive experience in all aspects of Florida Guardianship law including proceedings for the determination of incapacity, appointment of a guardian, restoration of rights, as well as representation of persons who are alleged to be incapacitated. This area of our practice also includes Planning for Incapacity to avoid the need for guardianship through the use of durable powers of attorney, living wills, health care surrogate designations, pre-need guardian declarations, and living trusts.

Health & Health Care Law - Our firm has experience in the body of health and health care law which encompasses areas such as disability law, elder law, and mental health law and is impacted by Social Security Disability, Medicare and Medicaid.

Real Estate - Our firm represents individuals in transactions that deal with real property - land and the structures attached to it - including purchase and sale, mortgages, leases, title examinations, closings, and management.

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