Why a Will Won’t Help You Avoid Probate

When you die, the estate you leave behind must go through the probate process unless you’ve taken actions that remove everything from your estate in some way.  During probate, the court supervises everything while your personal representative notifies creditors, pays bills, files taxes, and distributes remaining assets to your loved ones. Many people have heard…

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Why You Should Get Your Estate Plan in Order Before Going on Vacation

In addition to getting someone to water the plants and take care of mail while you’re away, there’s one more task you should add to your “to-do” list before you head off for your big vacation. Make sure your estate plan is up-to-date. Why now? Some critical tasks can help if you experience an emergency…

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Estate Planning Documents for High School Graduates in Florida

High school graduation marks such a significant transition for young adults that it can be easy to miss some critical considerations. Employment, education, living arrangements, and graduation celebrations—these are all important, but they should not steal all of the attention. Among the often overlooked considerations for high school graduates is estate planning. It’s not just…

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How to Leave Property to Adult Children

Leaving property to adult children in Florida can raise many questions. Do adult children inherit automatically? Should you jointly title assets with an adult child to make estate administration easier? And what happens if a parent decides to leave a child out of their will? The information below can help you understand the estate planning…

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What is Digital Estate Planning?

In the digital age, estate planning documents can be easily accessed online. While that’s helpful, it is far from the most important change digitization has brought to the practice of estate planning. It is essential that you now need to plan for assets that are only available in digital form. Losing access to these assets means…

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What You Need to Know About Living Trusts and Taxes

A living trust is created and financed by an individual during their lifetime. There are two kinds of living trusts to be familiar with, revocable and irrevocable. Each trust has distinct features that benefit the grantor uniquely. Many people choose to design living trusts because they help avoid probate court. Although the tax benefits of…

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What Are the Six Essential Documents for a Good Estate Plan?

Every estate plan should include six critical documents; only one missing piece can render your loved ones powerless to act in an emergency. However, if you have these six documents up-to-date, you will be prepared for whatever the future may bring. 1. A Trust A trust is the cornerstone of the most thorough estate plans,…

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New Year Estate Planning – What Documents Do You Need in Florida?

It’s time to take down the holiday decorations and prepare for the new year. With that said, this is the perfect time to update your estate planning portfolio and see whether you need to add or update documents. Regardless of age or asset levels, everyone should have a few basic documents prepared. Here’s a quick…

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Why You Need a Living Will

An injury or health condition can render you unable to communicate your healthcare wishes or take care of your financial affairs. When this happens, you need someone who can direct your medical care and finances on your behalf and in a manner that promotes your interests. With a living will, you can provide your loved…

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Three Estate Planning Factors to Consider Before 2022

The current economic and political climate points to tax changes that could affect your estate planning strategy. Understanding these factors can help you make the right decisions in protecting your assets and helping to make the most of the legacy you leave for your loved ones. This Might Be a Good Time to Consider Additional…

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