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Protecting Your Legacy

St. Petersburg Estate Planning Attorney

Did you know that you have an estate? Estate planning may sound like an activity reserved for the financially well-off or those entering into retirement, but creating an estate plan can be beneficial to anyone. From avoiding a long, costly probate to ensuring your legacy is carried out as you intend, Finley Williams Law, PA can help you plan for the future.

Why Draft an Estate Plan?

In the absence of a well drafted estate plan, property may be distributed by a court-appointed representative, and in accordance with state guidelines. This formula does not consider your sentiments, wishes, or desires with respect to your assets. Creating a will can help you avoid the uncertainty of property distribution, legal complications, family complications, and court expenses. By creating an estate plan now, you will save your loved ones from the headache of unnecessary legal struggles and paperwork.

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We Make a Difference in
the Lives of Our Clients

  • Experienced Remove the stress of planning long term needs by having our attorneys with you at every step.
  • Attentive Our firm provides personal attention to each case, focusing on solutions not just problems.
  • Guidance We'll help your family navigate the complex estate and probate process with ease.
  • We Care Avoid costly litigation. We mediate estates, trusts and elder law related disputes.
  • Personal We understand every client’s needs are different. We'll ensure all of your needs are met.
  • Consultations Start customized planning for your family's future today with a complimentary consultation.

Our Client Experience

See What Makes Us Different
  • “Melissa was recommended to me by a neighbor who had completed her estate planning with Melissa. She was extremely knowledgeable and was happy to sit down with me and answer all of my questions. The estate plan was thorough and I feel so relieved now that ...”

  • “Attorney Williams helped our HOA revitalize our old Covenants & Restrictions that had expired. She walked us through each step of the revitalization process and was always available to answer questions from myself as well as the other members of the HOA ...”

  • “Melissa helped my brother and I get Medicaid benefits for my mother. She was very helpful in navigating the process with us and was very patient when we had a ton of questions about the process.”

  • “Melissa was compassionate to the needs of my mother in being able to receive Medicaid Benefits. She was extremely knowledgeable of the horrific governmental paperwork and laws. Thank you Melissa for all of your help.”

  • “We had to have wills, trusts and healthcare surrogate documentation updated. Melissa was thorough and efficient. It was a fast and painless process.”


Estate Planning Puts You in Control

  • Avoid Probate:

    A living trust will allow you to distribute your assets without the intervention of court.

  • Save Money:

    With a living trust, your loved ones may be able to save money by avoiding probate expenses at the time of your death.

  • Protect Privacy:

    A living trust is a private document between parties who have become involved but never became a public part of the document.

  • Peace of Mind:

    A living trust sets out a clear plan of action and allows you to obtain peace of mind knowing your estate handled exactly how you would like.

  • Assists in the Event of Incapacitation:

    If you become ill or incapacitated, your successor can step in and manage your affairs without the need for court intervention.

  • Without a plan, the courts will decide who will receive your valuables and who will raise your loved ones. Develop a plan of action today and obtain peace of mind.

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Meet Your Attorney

  • Melissa Finley Williams is a St. Petersburg, Florida native. She is also the founder and principal attorney at Finley Williams Law, P.A. Prior to establishing the Finley Williams Law Firm, she spent two years in a private law office practicing in the areas of wills, trusts, estates, Medicaid planning and VA Aid and Attendance. She later joined a larger firm in Orlando where she successfully grew and managed a new location for the firm in The Villages, Florida. While managing the firm's new location, she focused her practice in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, Medicaid planning, VA Aid and Attendance, elder law, business law, landlord-tenant law and homeowners association law.

    Mrs. Williams is an active member of the Florida Bar, St. Pete Bar, Clearwater Bar, Suncoast Estate Planning Council, Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and Florida Bar Elder Law Section. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Here she taught interviewing, counseling and negotiation to second and third-year law students. She volunteers her time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, helping youth reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Mrs. Williams is also a member of the Junior League of St. Petersburg.

    Mrs. Williams graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as a Student Ambassador and was an active member of the Real Property Law Association. She also attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate student and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Mrs. Williams served as the Vice President and Secretary of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity during her undergraduate studies. She graduated salutatorian from Pinellas Park High School.

    Mrs. Williams enjoys spending time with her family on the beach, boating and watching Gator football games.

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Common Questions

  • How often should I update my plan?

    If you experience a major life event, such as a marriage or the birth of a child, it may be time to update your plan. Estate planning is an ongoing process; the best plans are constantly evolving. By maintaining an up to date plan, you can help ensure your wishes are carried out as you intend.

  • Is there more to an estate plan than a will?

    It is true that a will can dictate what happens to property, name an executor, and name guardians for children; however, there is much a will cannot do. It cannot leave burial instructions, avoid probate, set certain conditions on asset transfers, or reduce certain taxes. To learn how to best plan for your situation, give us a call.

  • What’s in my estate?

    The idea of an “estate” can call to mind extravagant mansions, luxury vehicles, and expensive antiques. However, the truth is that everyone has an estate made up of their assets, legal rights, and entitlements. Decisions regarding who cares for your children, who makes choices for you should you become incapacitated, and how your belongings are distributed can also included in your estate plan.

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