mss@serranosetty.com – The Law Firm of Myrna Serrano Setty, P.A. https://www.serranosetty.com Estate Planning, Medical Directives, Guardianship, Special Needs Planning Wed, 25 Mar 2020 01:20:23 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 How do you freeze your credit? https://www.serranosetty.com/florida/estate-planning-attorney/dangers/how-do-you-freeze-credit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-do-you-freeze-credit Thu, 12 Mar 2020 01:28:25 +0000 https://www.serranosetty.com/?p=2473 Are you a senior worried about identity theft? Or are you worried about a loved one with dementia becoming a victim of identity theft? Here are some tips on freezing someone’s credit. This is important if you’re trying to protect someone from elder abuse.

What does it mean to freeze credit?

A credit freeze restricts access to your credit report, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name.

To place or lift a credit freeze, you must contact each credit bureau separately.

Once a credit freeze is in place, it secures your credit file until you lift the freeze. You can do that online, by phone, or by mail using the special PIN the companies give you when you do the credit freeze.  Once you place the credit freeze, it secures your credit file until you lift the freeze. You can unfreeze credit temporarily when you want to apply for new credit.

Does it cost anything to freeze credit?

No. Placing or lifting a credit freeze is free. Once a credit freeze is in place, it secures your credit file until you lift the freeze. You can unfreeze credit temporarily when you want to apply for new credit. Also, freezing your credit does not affect your credit score.

Should you freeze your credit?

If you’re not actively shopping for a credit card or loan, freezing your credit is wise. If you think someone compromised your data, consider a credit freeze. It’s especially important if someone stole your Social Security number. Identity theft among seniors is on the rise. So be vigilant about this issue.

Call us at (813) 902-3189 to schedule your consultation! We are happy to help you or your family.

Schedule your free 15 minute consultation.

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How much does an estate plan cost? https://www.serranosetty.com/florida/estate-planning-attorney/estate-planning/how-much-does-an-estate-plan-cost/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-much-does-an-estate-plan-cost Sat, 29 Feb 2020 03:25:55 +0000 https://www.serranosetty.com/?p=2444 There is a lot more than just price that goes into choosing legal documents or the lawyer that will help you.

When you’re comparing our fees to your other options, I encourage you to really understand what you are actually getting for that price. If you use an online form, you might actually cause your family a lot of headache and heartache down the road. So you want to find a lawyer that can draft you excellent legal documents in accordance with the state laws that captures everything that you want to see about how your assets go to your loved ones under what circumstances, who’s in charge.

In my office, we create relationships with my clients instead of just a transaction.

That is because your estate planning should stay up to date with your life and with the law as it changes. So that your documents, so that when it matters most, your documents work. In my office, we analyze our client’s situation and goals and what we need to do to get them there.

We charge a flat fee agreed to in advance. That way there are no surprises. We offer “a la carte” options and packages.

Many times we find that it works best for our clients to offer them packages for their estate planning so that they are covered not just after their death but during their lifetime as well. So when it comes to which estate plan package might be right for you, we help you figure out what’s right for you during our first meeting. On average, our will plan starts at $2,000 and our trust plan start at $4,000. Those prices are not for just one document. It’s a series of documents and strategy that is customized to your specific situation. We design our plans to make things as easy as possible for yourself and your family in the event that you become incapacitated or die.

What if you’re thinking? Oh I just need something simple. I just need one document. OK, maybe you do. We won’t really know what you really need until we meet in person and review your specific situation.

Sit down with me for a Planning Session. It’s a no obligation Planning Session. That way you can go over your situation and what options work best for you so that you can be on tract to make things as easy as possible for yourself and your family in the event that you become incapacitated or die.

Call us at (813) 902-3189 to schedule your Planning Session.

Check out our video about how much an Estate Plan costs.

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