Boynton Beach city officials announced recently that the two city-owned cemeteries, Boynton Beach Memorial Park and Sara Sims Memorial Gardens, are near full capacity. As reported by the Sun Sentinel, city officials expect that the approximate 160 burial plots still available at Boynton Beach Memorial Park will be sold within the next year. The remaining 300 plots at Sara Sims Memorial Gardens are expected to sell out within the next two years. When there are no more grave sites available in the city, Boynton Beach residents will have to look for a final resting place in the cemeteries owned by neighboring cities, such as Delray Beach and Boca Raton, or a private cemetery, where space is not yet an issue. Numerous spots at Boynton Beach Memorial Park, as many as 1200 grave sites, although not occupied, are reserved, as they have been pre-purchased by Boynton Beach residents – individuals and whole families who desire to be buried near each other.
The limited available burial space is probably a good reminder that it is never too early to set up an estate plan. Call the experienced attorneys at Boynton Law, P.A., for advice on estate planning so that your family is protected and your property is distributed in accordance with your wishes.
In Florida, as in most states, there are very specific rules that govern the process to properly execute a will. If these laws are not strictly adhered to then the will, despite being perfectly drawn up in accordance with your desires, may be entirely void. Since a will does not become final until death, it may be changed an unlimited number of times, so long as each change is properly executed and follows the exact formalities required by Florida law.
A will does not increase probate expenses. In fact, in many instances, a will reduces the costs of administering your estate and distributing your real and personal property to your heirs. In other words, it usually costs more money to distribute your property if you die intestate, or without a will and this is because a legally drawn will names the beneficiaries and simplifies the process to administer your estate.
A trust, typically not a substitute for a will, is another legal document that may be used as part of your estate plan, in addition to a will. Whereas a trust will only control the property that is legally placed into the trust, a will controls all the property in your name at the time of your death. There are many different types of trusts and choosing which one is best for your estate plan is often a complex process. Call the experienced attorneys at Boynton Law, P.A., for advice and guidance on estate planning so that you and your family have peace of mind.