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Welcome to Cramer Law Center

Welcome to the Cramer Law Center. Our law office is conveniently located in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. I am Jeffrey Cramer and as an estate planning lawyer I focus my practice on all aspects of estate planning for individuals and their families, asset protection and business planning for professionals and owners of small businesses, including preparing wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, designations of healthcare surrogate, special needs trusts, revocable living trusts, buy-sell agreements, family partnerships, and family limited liability companies. The estate planning attorneys at the Cramer Law Center also focus on the legal needs of senior citizens, practicing in the area of elder law, including Medicaid planning and guardianships. In a guardianship proceeding, we can represent the interests of the person seeking to be appointed guardian or we can protect the interests of the ward, who is alleged to be incapacitated. We also are involved in all aspects of estate administration, including probate and trust administration. In situations where there has been no planning or ineffective planning, we also handle cases involving probate litigation, guardianship litigation, will contests, trust contests, disputes between heirs, removal of a trustee, removal of a personal representative, undue influence, probate fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, forged documents, trust reformation, or spouse’s elective share.

Our office is located in Duval County, but we also service the surrounding areas including Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island in Nassau County, Orange Park and Green Cove Springs in Clay County, Palatka in Putnam County, Palm Coast in Flagler County, MacClenny in Baker County, and Starke in Bradford County, in Northeast Florida. I hope you will find the information contained in this website useful and that you will feel free to contact an estate planning lawyer at the Cramer Law Center if you have any legal questions.

Our Mission

Our mission as estate planning attorneys is to ensure that our clients maintain control of their property while alive and well, plan for themselves and their loved ones if they become disabled and then give what they have, to whom they want, when they want and in the way they want, all while assuring their wisdom is transferred along with their wealth. We combine extensive client counseling with a continuing maintenance and education program to design estate plans that work. We focus not only on transferring financial wealth, but also on assisting clients to leave their wisdom and legacy to future generations. We do all of this in a caring and compassionate environment. Read and learn more about how we can help you in the menu under Areas of Practice.

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ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?

We recently have written about how adopting an adult can allow an unrelated person to share in an inheritance (unless it is done with improper motives).  But how, and from whom, do adopted persons (whether they are adults or children) inherit under Florida law?

The general rule is that a legally adopted person is treated as if he were the natural child of his adoptive parent(s).  If an adoptive parent dies without a will or trust, the adopted child can inherit just like a biological child would.  For example, if Arthur dies leaving one adopted child, Bill, and two natural children, Cindy and Dave, Florida law provides that Bill, Cindy, and Dave would each get an equal share of Arthur’s probate estate.

A legally adopted person (again, whatever his age at adoption) can also inherit from any other blood relatives of his adoptive parent.  That means that Bill would be eligible to share equally with Cindy and Dave upon the death of Arthur’s parents, siblings, and other relatives.

As you can see, the Florida legislature has done its best to give adopted children the same rights as natural children and assist with a seamless transition into their new families.  However, there is a catch.  With a few exceptions, adoption cuts the ties between the adoptee and their biological family so that neither can inherit from the other.  So, Bill would not be an heir of his biological mother or father or any of their relatives.

It is important to remember that the rules discussed above only apply when the person who passed away did not have a valid estate plan and his property must pass according to the state’s will (intestacy).  If you would like to provide for someone who has been adopted into or out of your family, you should be able to override the state’s will by making your own will or trust.  To learn more about the planning options available in Florida, you are welcome to attend one of our monthly “Truth About Estate Planning” workshops.

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Cramer Law Center, P.L.
3030 Hartley Rd., Suite 290
Jacksonville, Fl. 32257
Duval County
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