Our firm, located in Largo, Pinellas County, Florida has served the Tampa Bay area since 1956. Our team of trained professionals can provide you with the answers and services you need and deserve. We work with clients, initially engaged in Estate Planning to help them accomplish their needs and goals.

Helping clients with Estate Planning, we ask them to write out their needs and goals they want to accomplish. Estate Planning for business owners involve business organization management and succession arrangements be set out in their Durable Power of Attorney, Will, and trust documents. Most software does not address these issues. Death and disability face everyone.

Once in the process of Estate Planning begins, we tell our clients:

1. They need a team of advisors: their lawyer, their accountant, and their financial advisor. These advisors need to know who each other are and cooperate with each other in the client’s best interest. These people need the current documents.

2. The people the client has named as their power of attorney, healthcare surrogate, executor under their will, and successor trustee of their trust should receive copies of the documents in which they are named. Further these helpers need to have an explanation describing what their responsibilities are and what they are expected to do.

3. When disability or incapacity occurs, the responsible family member or appointed power of attorney needs to know what to do. If a trust is part of the estate of a disabled person, the successor trustee(s) need to know what their responsibilities are and what they must do.

4. When disability or incapacity occurs, the responsible family member or appointed power of attorney needs to know what to do. If a trust is part of the estate of a disabled person, the successor trustee(s) need to know what their responsibilities are and what they must do.

When death occurs, family members need to know who has responsibility to take action, what action(s) to take, how to identify what assets are owned by the decedent, the value of the assets owned at the date of death, and who will own what assets after death. Further, who is responsible to provide information to family members or other named beneficiaries, what is the correct information to provide and who is responsible to hold assets, account for them, file tax returns, and pay outstanding bills. These activities required after a client’s death are referred to as estate settlement, trust settlement and sometimes will and probate settlement. We are heavily involved in these activities and assist clients and their family members in handling the follow through with transfer or re-registration of assets, discuss what claims, expenses, and taxes must be paid, and what the most efficient, legally required, and least expensive process is to accomplish this.

5. Estate Planning is not a transaction, it is a process in which every two to three years:
a. Read your power of attorney, will, trust, and living will documents carefully and verify that the people named are still able to serve and provisions providing for you are still appropriate.
b. If changes have occurred, address these issue through amendments or updated documents. Document that you have done this and when you have done it. Notify these reviews and changes to your follow up people, power of attorney, successor trustee, or personal representative named in your will.

Who are the members of this firm?
R. Bruce McManus, President, Attorney
Mary McManus Taylor, Attorney
Laurie M. Macklin, Settlement Administrator

After you study What We Do and Who We Are, we invite you to contact us for a complimentary phone or office appointment to determine:

  1. What needs to be done
  2. What action must be taken to complete what will be required, and
  3. What would be the cost of any variable ways to accomplish this

We appreciate your checking us out and invite you to allow us to work for you.