Prepare for Probate

Our estate planning and probate firm can help you ensure that your wishes are carried out as you see fit.

St. Petersburg Probate Attorney

Get the Peace of Mind and Security You Deserve

Probate refers to the process of inventorying, appraising, and distributing a person’s estate after their passing. It’s true that for most people, avoiding probate is a priority. However, if you have a will, it will almost certainly go through some form of probate. At Finley Williams Law, PA, we help clients from all walks of life manage their estate to minimize the impact of probate. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help.

We Are With You Every Step of the Way

Whatever your goals, our team can help you utilize every legal tool available to prepare your estate. Between naming an executor, dictating how your property is to be distributed, and establishing trusts, planning early can help ensure your legacy carries on exactly as you wish. Are you currently involved in a probate dispute? We can help there too.

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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 ...”

    -Carol
  • “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 ...”

    -Don
  • “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.”

    -Anonymous
  • “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.”

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

    -Anonymous

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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Questions about probate?

  • How can I avoid probate?

    There are numerous legal options, such as trusts and joint tenancy, which avoid probate. However, understanding exactly which options are right for you can take the eye of a trained attorney. The best thing you can do to avoid probate is to plan early and plan thoroughly.

  • Why avoid probate?

    The two main reasons people avoid probate are time and money. Probate takes time, and beneficiaries will typically not have access to an asset until it passes through probate. On top of that, court fees can quickly begin to chip away at the total value of the estate.

  • What are common disputes?

    Disputes can occur for any number of reasons. An ambiguity can lead to a conflict between two inheritors over who gets what. There may be a disagreement over whether a will is valid. This underscores the importance of planning early.

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