Using the Right of Survivorship in Your Estate Plan
You might have heard the term, but you have been afraid to ask the question “What does the right of survivorship mean?” Well, in this article, we are going to discuss the question “What does the right of survivorship mean?” and we will go a step further to inform you about how the right of survivorship can help immensely with [...]
Let Us Answer Your Ancillary Probate FAQs
You may have heard the term “ancillary probate,” but don’t know what it means.  So, if you need an answer to the question, “what is ancillary probate?” this is the blog for you. In this article, we are going to answer typical client questions about ancillary probate, and why it is something that you typically would like to avoid.  If, [...]
What Must a Trustee Representative Do Under Florida Law?
“Trust takes years to build, seconds to break.” When a loved one creates a trust, he or she names a person to serve as “trustee” (sometimes called a “trust representative,” or “trustee representative”).  That person has the responsibility to administer the trust according to the rules created for the trust, and to protect the beneficiaries of the trust.  In fact, [...]
So, Does Life Insurance Have to Go Through Probate?
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra. Yogi Berra was not only a great ballplayer, but some of the most clever, confusing-yet-still-true quotes are attributed to him. And the above quote, with all of its folksy charm, says it all when it comes to probate matters and estate planning. That is to [...]
Can You Change Beneficiaries in an Irrevocable Trust?
It’s in the name “irrevocable” trusts are, not surprisingly, irrevocable.  That is, they cannot be normally changed or amended.  So, when asking the question “can you change beneficiaries in an irrevocable trust?” the answer is generally “no” you normally cannot change the aspects of an irrevocable trust, like changing beneficiaries.  However, as with many things, there are always certain exceptions.
Tax Time Is Around the Corner – Can Florida’s Homestead Exemption Help You?
It’s a new year, and that means that you need to start thinking about doing your 2020 tax return.  It has been a tough year economically all around, so any help with regard to deductions, credits, and exemptions are more than welcome.  Well, there is one very powerful tool available to you that can reduce your tax burden if you [...]
Some Estate Planning New Year’s Resolutions For 2021
He was not old by any stretch.  He was only 55 years old.  Yet, because of a rare condition, he passed away unexpectedly.  When it came to estate planning, he was always going to “get around to it,” but he never actually sat down to create a last will and testament, or to speak with an estate planning firm about [...]
Is a Hand Written Will Valid in Florida?
As the year draws to a close, you might find yourself more focused on the future.  You might consider how you would like your assets to be distributed to your loved ones as you build your nest egg.  There are, however, a number of rules in Florida law that dictate how you need to express your wishes in a last [...]
What are the Various Types of Wills in Florida?
As the year draws to a close, you might be thinking that next year is the year that you will finally get your estate planning started.  While it is never a bad time to think about planning your estate, we have found at our firm that a lot of people make comprehensive estate planning a priority on their list of [...]
Wrapping Up the Year with Gifts . . . Estate Planning Strategies for Gifting this…
This time of the year is all about gift-giving.  So, it only makes sense that, as 2020 draws to a close, we think about how we can incorporate some gift-giving into our overall estate planning. In our last article, we discussed year-end charitable giving.  In this article, by contrast, we are going to focus on gift-giving to anyone, including friends, children, [...]