What We Offer
We can help you achieve the tremendous peace of mind that comes with creating your estate plan—documenting exactly what you desire with regard to your health and your finances. An estate plan is a thoughtful deed for your loved ones and heirs, saving them from the hassle of court or the heartache of not being able to carry out your wishes.
We’ll guide you to think through everything and everyone that is important to you. Together we’ll produce an individualized plan based on your specific needs.
With an Estate Plan:
• You control who gets everything that’s important to you.
• You control when money and property are distributed. (Without a will, the State will distribute your property.)
• If you have children, you control who will take care of them.
• You are prepared for any kind of incapacity.
If you become unable to speak for yourself, you will have legally documented what you want with regard to sustaining life, and who will make medical decisions for you, and who will manage your finances.
If you had documents prepared in another state, we can review them and update them as needed to ensure they are binding in the state of Florida.
Maxine Stefanik McChesney is an attorney and owner of McChesney Law Firm, a boutique law firm in St. Augustine, Florida that specializes in Estate Planning.
Estate planning is complex, and it’s important to have a professional attorney experienced in this area of Florida Law. Ms. McChesney is well versed in Wills, Trusts, Advanced Health Care Directives, and Financial Power of Attorney, and the probate process. She strives to educate her clients on the value of estate planning documents and the importance of providing a road map for those we love.
Ms. McChesney is a member of The Florida Bar. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Florida International University, her M.S. in Dispute Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. McChesney is active in the community and an advisor to The Golden Way, a group that educates the public through film and the arts. Ms. McChesney is happily married to Rick McChesney, a retired Realtor, and spends as much time as possible on the beautiful St. Augustine beaches.
Estate Planning Documents
A complete plan may include:
· Last Will and Testament
· Revocable Trust
· Durable Power of Attorney
· Health Care Power of Attorney
· Living Will
· Special Needs Trust
· Ladybird Deed
· Deed to Trust
Ms. McChesney will work with you to insure you have a custom estate plan that fits your needs.
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