Florida Probate Attorney Blog

January 21, 2020

Why Title Matters with Estate Planning

Real estate can take on different forms of ownership depending upon the number of parties and the unique circumstances involved. Understanding how your real estate is owned, or “titled,” is necessary because this determines the extent of control you have over your real estate, how susceptible your property is to creditors, and what will happen […]

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January 15, 2020

WHY DO I WANT TO AVOID FLORIDA PROBATE?

The top 3 reasons most clients wish to avoid probate are: It is time consuming.  The probate process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. This means that during that time your beneficiaries are unable to receive their inheritance. Instead the assets held in the estate are subject to potential creditor claims and will […]

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January 8, 2020

WHAT IS PROBATE?

WHAT IS PROBATE? Probate is a court process where a Judge is involved in determining what the decedent owned at their death, who the proper beneficiaries are that stand to inherit the decedent’s assets and getting these assets from the decedent’s estate to these beneficiaries. This is a simplified definition and unfortunately the probate process […]

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January 1, 2020

Our 2020 Commitment to You.

With 2020’s arrival I wanted to make clear my commitment to you: moving forward our legal blog will be written in a way that is easy to digest and more enjoyable to read. If you’re anything like me then you likely don’t take the time to read through an entire blog unless the information is […]

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When Should You Plan for Future Incapacity
December 23, 2019

When Should You Plan for Incapacity?

When you are younger and thriving in your career and/or family, it can be difficult to imagine a time when you can no longer earn a living or even manage your own basic affairs. However, it is important to recognize that events can happen at any time – and any age – that impact your […]

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December 16, 2019

Review Your Estate Plan for 2020

Once you have an estate plan created and in place, it is all too easy to forget about it for years at a time. However, many things happen in our lives that make it necessary to adjust an estate plan, and it is important to review your plan on a regular basis with the help […]

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December 12, 2019

Do You Need Legal Assistance During Probate?

Whether you are designated as the personal representative of a loved one’s estate, are a beneficiary under a will (or by statute), or believe you should be an heir to an estate, you will be involved in the probate process after someone passes away. With smaller estates, probate may not require that you seek legal […]

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December 9, 2019

Types of Florida Powers of Attorney

There might come a time for many people when they lose their ability to manage their financial affairs. Remembering to pay bills, making sound investment decisions, or even conducting basic math can become challenging as someone ages and possibly develops a mental disorder. It is important for everyone to have a document called a power […]

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November 25, 2019

Will I Need to Qualify for Medicaid?

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, someone turning 65 today has an almost 70 percent chance of needing long-term care at some point in their lives. When it comes to paying for long-term care, many people assume that their health insurance or Medicare will cover it – and both assumptions […]

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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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