Governor DeSantis Signs New Florida Guardianship Bill Into Law

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Governor DeSantis Signs New Florida Guardianship Bill Into Law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed 21 new bills into law, which included House Bill 709/Senate Bill 994, which amended some of the state’s guardianship laws. Under the new legislation, seniors have additional protections while in the care of a guardian. The bill also contains changes to guardian oversight and reporting requirements. Changes to Florida […]

Considerations for Aging in Place

It is common for people to want to stay in their own homes as they age, rather than moving into a retirement community or assisted living facility. One’s ability to do this largely depends on their condition as well as the kind of home they have. But in general, it is possible to plan ahead […]

The Signs of Undue Influence in Estate Planning

One of the more common reasons for disputes over estate plans is accusations of undue influence. This involves one person exerting influence over the person planning their estate in such a way that it compromises that person’s agency and ability to make their own decisions. If one is able to prove decisions in a will […]

Yes, Electronic Signatures Are Legally Binding

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a greater reliance on electronic signatures for a wide variety of legal documents, including estate planning documents. Some people might not have experience in using e-signing tools, and thus might wonder if they are legally binding. The answer is yes: documents signed electronically have the same […]

Alternative Methods of Estate Planning You Can Use During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a much greater need for flexibility with work and communication. People are now working remotely and having virtual meetings and conferences in place of in-person ones. With many legal offices and courtrooms being closed or having certain limitations in place due to the pandemic, it has become important for […]

Writing Your Advance Directives

An advance directive is a legal document you fill out to leave behind instructions for the type of medical care you wish to have if something happens and you’re unable to act on your own behalf.  This ensures your family members and doctors will know your wishes for particular situations, and can act according to […]

The Benefits of Financial Power of Attorney

One of the questions you’ll need to consider as you plan your estate is who you will name as your agent in a financial power of attorney. This person will have the authority to make certain financial transactions and decisions on your half should you become incapacitated. There are a variety of benefits to granting […]

Are There Any Risks Associated with Granting Power of Attorney?

Power of attorney is a designation you provide to a chosen person (your agent) to make certain decisions on your behalf, generally related to finances or healthcare. It is an element of any strong estate plan to ensure your wishes are followed in the event of your incapacitation. But are there any risks associated with […]

What to Consider When Selecting a Guardian for Minor Children

If you have minor children, arguably the most important part of your estate plan is the stipulation in which you name the person who will take care of your children if you and the other parent should die while they are still minors. This person is known as the “guardian” of the children. Most people […]

Estate Planning Tips for Childless People

People who are single without any children often feel as though there is no need for them to worry about developing an estate plan. However, if you own any assets at all, you probably care about what happens to them after your death. In addition, there’s more to estate planning than just passing on assets. […]