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November 19, 2019

How Long Does Summary Administration Take in Florida?

Some estates in Florida do not have to go through the formal probate process. Instead, they can go through a simplified process called summary administration. If an estate qualifies, you might wonder how long the process will take. The answer will depend on your specific circumstances, but generally speaking, summary administration takes about three to […]

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November 14, 2019

Estate Planning for All Seasons of Life

Each season of life brings it’s own unique changes and challenges.  Chances are you may want to plan ahead to protect yourself from potential incapacity, protect your family from probate, ensure your pets are taken care of, or perhaps it’s a charitable contribution that you care about – your goals deserve thoughtful planning to ensure […]

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November 11, 2019

What Happens if You Do Not Have an Incapacity Plan?

Many people forget that estate planning is not only for after you pass away, but also to ensure your well-being should you become incapacitated. Illnesses or injuries can cause mental incapacitation over time or all at once and, in either situation, you will be unable to handle your financial and legal affairs, as well as […]

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November 8, 2019

Do You Need a Lawyer to Create a Will?

You might know that you should have a last will and testament, though you put off calling an attorney to create one. You see ads online for do-it-yourself wills, and you wonder – do I even need a lawyer to create a will? While the law does not require everyone to have legal help to […]

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November 6, 2019

November is National Adoption Month!

Taking Care of Your New Family Member National Adoption Month is aimed at raising awareness about the adoption process and the children who need permanent, loving homes.  Each year thousands of children are adopted and throughout the years they bring much joy to their adoptive families. If you are in the process of adopting, have […]

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November 6, 2019

What You Need to Know About 529 Plans

Let’s face it, college is expensive.  Reports for the 2019-2020 school year show the average cost of tuition and fees is $10,116 at an in-state public university and $36,801 at a private university.  When you then consider the additional costs of housing, books, and meal plans the total for your child to attend college may […]

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November 1, 2019

Estate Planning Basics

Estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.  When executed properly, an estate plan should be a customized plan designed to best protect you and your loved ones. While each estate plan should be tailored to fit your specific needs and goals, every estate plans should include some or all of the following: Will: A will […]

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October 21, 2019

Help Prepare the Executor of Your Estate

When you draft a will, you need to designate a specific individual to serve as the executor (also known as the personal representative) of your estate. Since the executor has many duties during the probate process in order to wind up your estate, it’s a good idea to help them understand what is expected of […]

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October 17, 2019

3 Legal Documents Everyone Needs

Most people tend to think of wills or trusts when they hear or read about estate planning.  While a will or trust may be appropriate in achieving your specific goals, there are three other estate planning documents that everyone should consider including in their plan: A Living Will A Designation of Healthcare Surrogate (sometimes referred […]

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October 15, 2019

3 Common Estate Planning Myths

For many, the idea of discussing estate planning is emotional and the process may seem difficult.  This is understandable since making the decision to move forward with planning requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever.  Our own mortality tends to lead to many individuals avoiding the topic all together and […]

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