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Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A. – Committed to being the Best Law Firm

The Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm provides legal services to meet the needs and goals of individuals and families, in the areas of divorce, estate planning, family law, and probate. We strive to fully understand the circumstances, needs and goals of our clients and to develop customized strategies to accomplish our clients’ objectives and long term goals.
Our law firm allows us to serve clients throughout the state of Florida, as well as out of state clients with family or assets in Florida. We are located in Jacksonville, Florida to meet with you in person or we have other convenient options to connect with you such as Skype, video conferencing, email and our client portal.


Our Mission

To help clients manage and resolve legal issues that impact their lives and that of their family and business, by creating trusting relationships with clients to advise and help clients meet their needs now and in the future.

Attorney Judy-Ann Smith is available to assist you with:

Estate Planning

Planning in advance for the transfer of assets at the time of death. A good estate plan should reflect the specific goals and needs of the client. Most importantly a good estate plan should give you peace of mind. Everyone can benefit from estate planning, if you own any property (real or personal) then having an estate plan is a good idea.

Incapacity Planning

Planning for the management and administration of your estate should you become incapacitated. An incapacity plan allows you to specify what should happen to you, to your property, and assets, if you become sick or hurt and cannot manage your own affairs.

  • Power of Attorney
  • Advance Directives – Living Will and Healthcare
  • Surrogate Designation
  • Pre-need Guardian

Advanced Estate Planning

Retirement IRA Trusts
The IRA Retirement Trust is a preferred method to give to the beneficiaries of your retirement account. Rather than simply naming beneficiaries for your IRA accounts, we recommend instead prepare one or more IRA retirement trusts to protect your beneficiaries, who are perhaps your children and grandchildren.
Irrevocable Trusts
An irrevocable trust cannot be amended, modified, changed or revoked. The written terms of the trust agreement are set after the trust has been created. An irrevocable trust can't be modified or terminated without the permission of the beneficiaries or in some cases the court. The main reason for setting up an irrevocable trust is for estate and tax considerations. We can prepare an irrevocable trust that meets your needs.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
In a charitable remainder trust (CRT), an irrevocable gift is made to a tax-exempt irrevocable trust. You get back a stream of payments for life. A CRT is most advantageous with highly appreciated assets. One of the main benefits of these trusts is that you can donate assets whose value has grown significantly while avoiding the tax on the long-term capital gain on contributed appreciated property. This charitable giving strategy generates income and can enable you to pursue your philanthropic goals while also helping provide for living expenses.

Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust is set up for a person with special needs to supplement any benefits the person with special needs may receive from government programs. A properly drafted special needs trust will allow the beneficiary to receive government benefits while still receiving funds from the trust.

Asset Protection

Asset protection planning is proactive legal action that protects your assets from future creditors, lawsuits or judgments. To maximize this benefit, planning should be done before the need arises. There are various legal techniques available that provide a range of protective features, from simple financial privacy to the ultimate, judgment-proof asset protection.

Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

Probate is a court supervised process of identifying the assets of a decedent (deceased), paying the debts of a decedent, and distributing the assets of a decedent to his or her beneficiaries. Distributing the assets of a decedent in a probate proceeding is necessary to pass ownership from the decedent to the beneficiaries. When a person dies leaving a valid trust, a Trust Administration becomes necessary to carry out the wishes of the decedent’s as written in his or her trust. Our law firm will work with the Trustee and beneficiaries to have the trust administered in a timely and professional manner.

Family Law

Family law is an area of law that deals with all family and domestic relationships, including, child support, child custody, and many other concerns. Family law encompasses all relationships and situations that affect the home, and particularly children.

Divorce

Divorce is the process a married couple must goes through when they want to permanently end their marriage. Florida is a no-fault divorce state that is when no blame or fault for the breakup is placed on either spouse.

"My experience with Judy-Ann Smith as my lawyer for an Estate Planning process exceeded my expectations. I find Judy-Ann to be very knowledgeable, highly thorough, completely competent and up-to-date on the latest laws and the impact of those laws on my decisions. She offered options, and helped me understand the benefits and alternatives to the options. I highly recommend Judy-Ann to anyone who is in need of assistance with Family Law, Estate Planning and/or Probate.

Leah (Avvo)

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