What You Need to Know About Personal Representative Duties in Florida
Have you been appointed as a personal representative for someone’s estate in Florida, or are you considering who you should select to be the personal representative for your estate? Whether you have been asked to be a personal representative, or are selecting a representative, the first order of business is to get an understanding of what are the personal representative [...]
6 Estate Planning Tools That You Need to Consider
The coronavirus pandemic has taught us a lot of things that we might not have quite realized as a culture. In a lot of ways, the pandemic revealed how fragile our health care system is in the U.S. It has revealed how much we depend on schools to help give our children structure as they develop. It has revealed how [...]
The Probate Process 101: Your Guide to Florida Probate
It is always a good time to get back to basics. Each state in the U.S. has their own laws with regard to probating a deceased person’s estate, and Florida is no exception. If you have recently lost a loved one and would like to know how the probate process in Florida works, then you have picked the right article.
Whenever we think of passing on our assets, and our legacy, to our family, the document that looms largest is always the last will and testament. Indeed, there are many different types of estate planning and probate-related documents and tools for those who want to pass assets to future generations yet leaving property in a will is still one of [...]
Are There Special Tax Deductions for Daycare Providers?
While daycare centers typically enjoy all the possible deductions available to any ongoing business, you may be surprised to learn that there are particularly focused tax deductions for daycare providers that some other businesses may not enjoy.
Probate and Life Insurance, How Do They Relate to One Another?
One of the most common questions we get at Doane & Doane, PA is “does life insurance go through probate?” The short answer to that question is “no . . . in most cases.” Indeed, even though a life insurance pay-out is normally separate from probate assets, there is some gray area with regard to the relationship between probate assets [...]
What is the Difference Between Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts?
Have you ever heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder?” Of course you have. We all strive to make our lives a little easier by getting something done in the most efficient way possible. What is amazing, though, is that we all so often work harder, not smarter anyway [...]
How to Do an Irrevocable Trust Modification in Florida?
Irrevocable trusts can be a bit tricky. In one way, it is just like other trusts. You, as the “grantor” or “settlor” (i.e., the person who creates the trust and puts assets – financial, real estate, or otherwise – into the trust), can fund the trust as you see fit. You can provide instructions on how the trust is to [...]
What is a Grantor?
If you are curious about the meaning of the term “Grantor,” then you are most likely starting to do some estate planning. Perhaps you are preparing estate planning documents yourself, perhaps you already have an attorney who has asked to you answer some questions to begin the estate planning journey, or perhaps you are just surfing the net to get [...]
Do You Need a Living Trust or a Will?
You have devoted your life to your career, to saving for the future, and to providing for your family. Now that you have accumulated some assets and have an estate that you will eventually want to pass on to your children, you should make sure to make the right choices for those assets [...]