Some of the Most Common Estate Planning Misconceptions

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Some of the Most Common Estate Planning Misconceptions

Most people try to avoid thinking about their own mortality, which is why there are so many people who put off estate planning as long as possible. Because there are so many people who actively avoid thinking about getting their affairs in order, there are a number of misconceptions that exist about estate planning. Here […]

Rules About Scattering Ashes in Florida

As part of your estate plan, you may choose to leave instructions as to how and where you wish your ashes to be scattered. In Florida, unlike some other states, there are not any state laws that restrict where you can scatter or keep ashes. Of course, you should still make sure you use common […]

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Life Insurance Policy

A life insurance policy can be a very valuable asset in your estate. Therefore, it’s important to carefully consider the kind of policy you want and the amount of life insurance benefits you wish to purchase. Here are just a few examples of some of the factors that should play a role in your decision […]

How to Get a Death Certificate in Florida

After a person dies in Florida, that death must be registered with the local or state vital records office within five days, and before the body is cremated or buried. In most cases, the funeral home, cremation service or mortuary will handle the process of preparing and filing the death certificate. However, there may be […]

Who is Allowed to Serve as Your Personal Representative?

One of the most important parts of planning your estate is naming a personal representative who will manage your estate after your death, handling all asset transfers and payments of required debts and taxes. Who is eligible to serve as a personal representative? In Florida, your chosen personal representative must: Be at least 18 years […]

What is an Oral Will and Why Should I Not Use One?

An oral will is most commonly used if a person is too sick or otherwise incapable of writing a traditional will. In using an oral will, the testator (that being the person who makes the will) states his or her wishes aloud in the presence of witnesses, rather than following the formal process of writing […]

Is it Possible to Have a Personal Representative Removed?

As someone planning an estate, it is important you put the proper time and thought into the selection of the best possible personal representative for your estate. Your chosen representative should be someone without conflicts of interest in your estate matters, who is capable of handling all the various tasks associated with the position, who […]

How Frequently Should You Review Estate Planning Documents?

Just because you’ve completed your will signing and secured all your estate planning documents does not mean your estate planning process is over. It is important to revisit these documents periodically to make sure they still apply to your current situation and wishes. Reviewing your estate plan A good general rule is to either review […]

What are Enhanced Life Estate Deeds?

Florida is one of three states (along with Texas and Michigan) that recognizes enhanced life estate deeds, also referred to as “Lady Bird” deeds. The purpose of these estate planning tools is to transfer real estate outside of probate to a beneficiary named in the deed. Under a standard life estate deed, the owner of […]

Tips for Safely Storing Your Estate Planning Documents

Once you’ve completed your estate plan, you must make sure you safely store away the hard copies of the documents you have so they can be protected and secure, yet still available when you need to access them. Below are some tips for ideal storage solutions: Attorney: Ask the attorney you worked with if he […]