Serving South Florida Since 1974

Estate Planning Attorneys Providing Peace Of Mind For You And Your Loved Ones

The attorneys at MacLean and Ema, P.A., provide a variety of estate planning services to clients in Broward County and across Florida’s Gold Coast. We tailor estate plans based on each client’s needs and recognize that some client circumstances call for simple estate plans, while others benefit from a more complex plan. Not only do we create plans for those with no prior planning, but we also review and modify existing plans to address changes in the law, tax code and client circumstances.

Proper estate planning can provide you with the peace of mind you seek whether you are in your golden years and want to ensure your needs are met and your wishes carried out, or you have a young family and are concerned with protecting and providing for your children in the event of an untimely death. Additionally, we counsel clients on estate planning matters as they relate to incapacity planning, asset protection, second marriages, Florida homestead laws and special needs beneficiaries.

Create A Customized Plan Tailored To Your Needs And Goals

In operation for nearly 50 years, our firm offers comprehensive estate planning services and guidance, including the following:

  • Last Wills and Testaments – simple wills or pour-over wills used in conjunction with a trust
  • Revocable Trust Agreements (also known as a Living Trust or Inter vivos Trust) – including but not limited to agreements which include: dynasty trusts, elective share trusts, joint trusts, tenancy-by-the-entirety trusts, special needs trusts and generational skipping transfer tax trusts.
  • Irrevocable Trust Agreements – for asset planning protection, gifting, or life insurance policies.
  • Advanced Estate Planning Trusts – including but not limited to: Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts and Intentionally Defective Trusts
  • Marital Agreements – prenuptial and postnuptial
  • Powers of Attorney – general, durable, limited and specific, or in loco parentis (for care of a minor child)
  • Health Care Surrogates – A trusted representative who can make important decisions about your medical care in the event that you become incapacitated (unable to make and/or communicate decisions for yourself)
  • Living Wills – Documents stating your wishes and instructions for medical care in the event of incapacity.
  • Registration of Assets to Trusts – this is also sometimes called “funding” a trust, and includes preparation of assignments of interest in tangible personal property, businesses, intangible property, real estate and retirement accounts.
  • Family Limited Liability Companies or Family Limited Partnerships

Our Pompano Beach office is a welcoming and relaxed environment where you will feel comfortable discussing these important issues with our experienced attorneys.

When Is The Right Time To Create An Estate Plan? When Should It Be Updated?

If you are an adult and don’t currently have an estate plan, the best time to create one is now. None of us knows what the future will bring, but we can protect ourselves and those we love by formalizing our wishes in writing. Once your plan has been created, it is a good idea to review it periodically and to make updates after major life events like getting married or divorced, having children, founding a business or retiring. Our caring and attentive lawyers can help you create a new estate plan or update existing documents, even if we didn’t originally create them.

Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Legal Needs

Whether you are ready to get to work planning your estate or need answers to your legal questions, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Our firm has been a fixture in the Pompano Beach community for nearly 50 years, and in that time we have helped countless clients resolve their legal issues. We can help you, too. To get started, call us at 954-785-1900 or submit an online contact form.