What to Ask Your Potential Estate Planning Lawyer

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What to Ask Your Potential Estate Planning Lawyer

As you begin the estate planning process, you’ll need to find an experienced attorney to manage your case and help you develop all of the necessary documents. Here’s an overview of some of the questions you should ask potential lawyers to determine if they’re going to be a good fit for what you need. How […]

What is a Holographic Will?

A holographic will is a handwritten by the testator that is not witnessed. These wills are not recognized in Florida. Here’s why Florida courts refuse to recognize holographic wills: Lack of required provisions: There are frequently complications that occur with these kinds of wills because they tend to be written hastily and are not executed […]

An Overview of Co-Ownership of Real Estate in Florida

In Florida, there are three primary forms of joint ownership of real estate/home titles. Let’s take a quick look at each of these three and the pros and cons that come with them. Tenancy in common In Florida, when two or more people hold a title they ususally do so as tenants in common, unless […]

How You Can Choose the Right Personal Representative for Your Estate

Selecting the right personal representative for your estate helps you ensure all matters of your estate will be administered smoothly after your passing. But how do you know who is the right person for the role? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind. Responsibility: Anyone who assumes the role of personal representative should […]

Tips for Discussing Your Estate Plan With Your Family

While it can be difficult to spend time thinking about your own mortality, it can be extremely helpful and even freeing to discuss your estate plan and end-of-life wishes with your family. Sharing your intentions in advance can help you to prevent arguments from happening after your death. It might be particularly beneficial if you […]

What You Can Do to Make Sure Your Grandchildren Get Their Inheritance

If one of your estate planning goals is to leave behind assets for your grandchildren, there are several steps you can take to accomplish this. The most important decision you can make is to have open, frank discussions about your estate planning goals with your adult children. If you want to be certain assets pass […]

What to Know About Discretionary Lifetime Trusts

A discretionary trust is a type of trust in which distributions are made at the discretion of another person (the trustee). Beneficiaries in this type of trust do not have any control over trust assets and are not able to demand distributions. These trusts are often used for minor beneficiaries. Here’s a quick overview of […]

Estate Planning Tasks to Get Done While Quarantined

Most of us are stuck at home for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you’re still working from home, chances are you’re finding yourself with quite a bit more free time than you’re used to. This down time is a perfect chance for you to get some important tasks done at […]

How Prenuptial Agreements Can Affect Estate Planning

If you pass away before your spouse and do not have a prenuptial agreement in place, he or she will have almost complete control over your estate and possessions. This is not necessarily a problem in some cases, but in other cases you may wish to maintain some element of control over what happens to […]

529 Savings Plans Have Estate Planning Benefits

Thanks to the changes to tax law made under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are now opportunities to use 529 college savings plans as estate planning tools, while also allowing you to still use them to pay for more education-related expenses than you may have been able to in the past. Leveraging […]