How to Get Your New Business Started

So you have decided to take the leap and start your own business. It is an exciting adventure. It is important to make sure that when doing so, you take the right steps. First, you need to surround yourself with capable and responsive professionals. Of course, an accountant...

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5 Reasons to Consider Updating Your Estate Plan

If you already have an estate plan in place, you are well ahead of the game. However, estate planning isn’t something you just do once and forget about. Rather, you must periodically review and update your estate plan—especially following certain major life events. In this article, we discuss five reasons you should...

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Advantages of Avoiding Probate in Florida

Probate is a court-supervised process by which the court, through a personal representative, identifies and gathers the assets of a deceased person (also called a decedent), pays his or her debts, and distributes his or her assets to the appropriate beneficiaries. Although probate is useful and sometimes necessary, it has several disadvantages....

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How to Avoid the Estate Tax

There are many techniques for avoiding the estate tax, some of which are complicated and expensive to implement. However, there are some very simple steps one can take to avoid, or at least minimize, the estate tax. First, what most people do not realize is that everything...
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How Estate Planning Can Prevent Elder Exploitation

Most people are familiar with elder abuse, which involves physically or emotionally harming a senior citizen. Less commonly understood, however, is the illicit practice of elder exploitation. As opposed to mental and physical types of abuse, elder exploitation is of a financial nature. Specifically, elder exploitation is the fraudulent or otherwise illegal,...

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The Benefits of Revocable Trusts

Advertisements, seminars and books which promote revocable living trusts foster the misconception that probate is an evil to be avoided. Living trusts are also touted as devices which avoid estate taxes and protect assets from long-term health care costs.

The reality is that probate is usually not a difficult...

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