A Trusted Ocala, Florida Elder Law and Estates Law Firm
We are dedicated to protecting you, your family and your estate
For 18 years, Colleen M. Duris, P.A. has provided experienced, caring, thorough and affordable legal assistance to Ocala's retirees and their families who face the financial, physical and psychological challenges that come with living long lives or experiencing illness or disability.
We help you make important decisions about health care, long-term care and end-of-life issues. We listen to you as we guide you through the process of creating an effective and comprehensive estate plan to carry out your wishes, protect your assets and provide for you and your loved ones.
Whether you need to create a living will, establish guardianship for a child or disabled parent, obtain long-term care benefits, or apply for Veterans or Medicaid benefits, we act as your trusted legal advisers. We strive to obtain positive results for you in a timely and efficient manner.
Colleen M. Duris, P.A. advocates for our clients in the following areas:
- Probate, wills, trusts and estates
- Elder law
Successfully serving clients in Florida
Colleen M. Duris, P.A. assists retirees and their loved ones in Ocala and throughout Marion and Citrus counties in Florida.
Many of our clients reside in Florida but their families may live all over the country. We can also assist families from other states with loved ones living in Florida.
500 N.E. 8th Avenue
Ocala FL 34470
Experienced Florida Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estates Attorneys
With 18 years of experience, we possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of probate, wills, trusts and estates issues, including:
- Estate planning
- Estate tax issues
- Gift tax planning
- Executorship duties
- Last will and testament
- Living wills
- Living trusts
- Advanced healthcare directives
- Durable powers of attorney
- Probate administration
- Trust law
- Ancillary probate
- Probate and will disputes
- Wills drafting and execution
We advise you on the best approach to your estate planning and thoroughly analyze your estate to strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. Seek advice from Colleen M. Duris, P.A.
Drafting your last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court will determine how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet, decisions that might not reflect your desires. We can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.
We help people create trusts to ensure that their assets are properly managed and held for the future use of their family members or designated beneficiaries.The assets held by a trust can be used to pay for necessary medical and educational expenses for the trust's beneficiaries. Because a trust is designed to exist for a certain period of time, the courts require that a trustee be chosen to administer and assume responsibility for the management of the trust. Trusts may be included in your will or as a separate legal entity. Sometimes trusts are used to avoid the probate process or to minimize estate and income taxes.
The process of probate
The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. Colleen M. Duris, P.A. can ease the stress of probating the estate.
We assist executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in Florida probate court, including:
- Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
- Filing the will with the Florida probate court
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying taxes and other debts
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, our composed courtroom demeanor can calm the emotionally charged process of challenging an invalid will or defending a valid will against erroneous claims made by unhappy beneficiaries. If you choose to preserve amiable family relationships, our attorneys can skillfully mediate disputes to reach just, equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, we assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the Florida probate court.
Areas of practice
- Estate planning
- Elder law
Admitted to practice
- Florida, 1993
- VA Accredited Attorney
Awards and honors
- BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards
- Nova University, J.D., 1992
- Florida State University, Certificate of Gerontology, 1984
- Florida State University, B.S., 1983
- Albion College, 1979 - 1981
- Marion County Bar Association
- The Florida Bar
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Board Certified Elder Law Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
- Born in Pontiac, Michigan
Juris Doctorate ,
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