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Matthew D. Morton

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25 Years of Estate Planning Experience

Attorney Morton has been creating comprehensive estate plans for families for almost 25 years. He brings that extensive legal knowledge and experience to every client. You can feel confident knowing that the plans you put in place will provide for your family when you are no longer here.

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Extensive Knowledge On Probate Matters

Our firm is here to guide you through the probate process and assist with settling debts of the estate, legal accounting reports, distributing assets to beneficiaries, and any other legal issues that may arise during probate.

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Help Resolving Estate Disputes

With his extensive litigation experience, attorney Morton helps family members in situations where they believe their loved one’s will is invalid. Our firm provides legal assistance in cases where an executor has failed to live up to their fiduciary duties and uphold the decedent’s wishes.

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Matthew D. Morton

Tampa Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer

Attorney Matthew D. Morton has been providing Florida families with estate planning guidance since 2000.

Attorney Morton has extensive experience in all steps of the estate planning process. He’s experienced with creating and litigating wills, trusts, power of attorneys, living wills, probate, real  estate transactions and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • The primary advantage of having an estate plan is to ensure your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets are met after your death. It also minimizes potential stress on your loved ones, who otherwise might have to resolve estate issues during an emotionally challenging time. Furthermore, a well-prepared estate plan can potentially lessen estate taxes and avoid probate, a time-consuming and expensive court process.

  • The probate process involves settling a deceased person’s estate. This includes validating the will if there is one, appraising the deceased’s property, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there’s no will) directs. Although the process can be complex and time-consuming, having a proficient attorney can help simplify the process and alleviate associated stresses.

  • A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that lets you appoint a person or organization to manage your affairs if you’re unable to do so. This could be due to a physical condition, mental illness, or even a lengthy absence. The appointed person (the “agent”) can handle financial and legal matters, health decisions, or both, depending on the type of POA. Having one in place offers peace of mind knowing your affairs will be properly managed in your absence or incapacity.

  • While both are estate planning tools, a will is a document that outlines how your assets should be distributed upon death. A trust, on the other hand, can take effect during your lifetime and continue after death. Assets in a trust can bypass probate, while a will must go through the probate process.

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A Detailed Guide To The Probate Process

A Detailed Guide To The Probate Process

A Detailed Guide To The Probate Process Losing a loved one is undoubtedly a difficult experience, and dealing with the legal process of probate can add to the stress during an already emotional time. However, understanding the probate process step by step can help alleviate some of the confusion and...
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What An Estate Planning Lawyer Does

What An Estate Planning Lawyer Does

What An Estate Planning Lawyer Does In the labyrinth of life's uncertainties, one aspect that often gets relegated to the sidelines is estate planning. Yet, crafting a comprehensive estate plan is an essential step towards securing the future for yourself and your loved ones. And who better to guide you...
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The Importance Of Updating Your Will Regularly

The Importance Of Updating Your Will Regularly

The Importance Of Updating Your Will Regularly To ensure that assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away, it’s critical to create a will as part of your estate plan. However, simply drafting a will and setting it aside is not enough. Life is dynamic, and circumstances...
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