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You’re Not ‘Too Busy’ to Make a Will!

With as busy as you likely are each day, it might seem like an impossible task to sit down with an attorney and draw up a will. In fact, being “too busy” is one of the most common reasons cited by people for not getting around to making a will. But making a will really […]

Can You Quitclaim Property Rather Than Leaving it In a Will?

It’s common for people to use wills or trusts to leave behind property to loved ones. However, there are other options available, such as gifting property or using a quitclaim for real estate. You do have the ability to  deed your property to others during your life.  People sometimes refer to that as quitclaiming property, […]

In Which Circumstances Can an Estate Entirely Avoid Probate?

There are some circumstances in which Florida estates do not have to go through the probate process. This usually happens when the deceased person leaves very little behind in terms of assets or property. Florida offers what is called Disposition Without Administration, a process that lets a person who paid for the final expenses of […]

What’s the Summary Administration Option in Florida?

In Florida, there are three main ways to settle an estate, one of which is summary administration. This method serves as a shortcut to the probate process for estates that meet either of the following criteria: The death occurred at least two years ago. The value of the estate to be probated, including all property […]

How to Add an Addendum to Your Will

If you wish to do so at any point, you may amend your will relatively easily to ensure the document accounts for changing circumstances in your life. You can do so by creating an addendum, also known as a “codicil” in the estate planning world. A codicil is a short document that changes some of […]

Should You Convert Your IRA to a Roth IRA?

In some circumstances, it makes sense for individuals to pay the taxes on their retirement savings early. A Roth IRA is funded with after-tax dollars, which means all qualified withdrawals can be made tax free. In addition, Roth IRAs do not have the required minimum distributions mandated by the Internal Revenue Service that other retirement […]

Would You Benefit from the Use of a Corporate Trustee?

There are some circumstances in which a person creating a trust opts to use a corporate trustee rather than an individual, such as a friend or family member. Below are a few examples of situations in which you might consider using a corporate trustee. You’re seeking to build wealth with professional assistance Many people have […]

Tips for Choosing the Right Successor Trustee

If you draft a revocable living trust as part of your estate plan, you likely named yourself as the trustee to allow yourself to continue managing your affairs until you are unable to do so, whether due to incapacity or death. Once that point arrives, someone else will need to step in to fulfill the […]

How to Notify Trust Beneficiaries as an Estate Administrator

If you are serving as the successor trustee of a living trust, one of your primary responsibilities is to notify the trust beneficiaries of the passing of the settlor, the person who created the trust. In a simple letter to the beneficiaries, you must communicate the following basic facts: The living trust has become irrevocable […]

How Do Florida Courts Appoint Guardians for Incapacitated People?

A guardian is a legal decision maker appointed by the court to make financial or other personal decisions on behalf of a ward. There are several circumstances in which a guardian may be needed: A minor’s parents are unable or unavailable to care for the child An adult has been incapacitated due to injury or […]