Rules About Scattering Ashes in Florida

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Estate Planning Not Just for People with Children

There is a common misconception that estate planning is only really necessary for people who have children to whom they wish to pass down their assets. However, estate planning is so much more than asset distribution — there are many reasons why it’s important for people to develop an estate plan, even if they don’t […]

Basic Things to Know about Writing a Will

A last will and testament is the most basic estate planning tool you can use to pass down your assets to your loved ones or charities of your choosing. If you have not yet begun the process of creating your own will, below are just a few things you should know before you get started: […]

What Should You Look For in Your Estate Planning Attorney?

If you are just getting started with the process of planning your estate, one of the first steps you’ll need to take is finding an estate planning attorney with whom you feel comfortable working. If you’ve never worked with a lawyer, you may not know which characteristics you should prioritize. Below are just a few […]

Methods of Transferring Real Estate Upon One’s Death

If there are real estate assets in your estate, those assets are probably the most valuable items you own. This means you should be careful about choosing who assumes ownership of real estate upon your passing. How you transfer ownership of real estate depends largely on how you own the property in question. Below are […]

Steps a Personal Representative Should Take if No Will Can Be Found

Without a last will and testament, it is impossible to say for certain who the deceased person would have selected to serve as his or her personal representative. Therefore, the probate court takes it upon itself to name an individual to fill this role. In most cases, this person is a surviving spouse or an […]

Congress Considers Estate Tax Proposals

The federal estate tax is subject of constant debate in Washington, D.C. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, doubled the limits of the estate tax, and there have been Republican proposals to eliminate the tax completely. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has proposed significantly […]