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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 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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5 Key Estate Planning Steps

Over half of all adults in the U.S. do not have an estate plan in place. One explanation for this phenomenon is that many people simply don’t know how to get started with estate planning. This is understandable: estate planning can seem like a daunting task. The reality, though, is that creating...

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Tips for Avoiding Probate in Florida

Probate is the process by which the court facilitates the distribution of a deceased person’s assets. Unfortunately, probate is a lengthy and expensive process in the state of Florida. In fact, it often takes six months or more to complete the probate process. Luckily, as we explain below, there are multiple ways to avoid...

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What Happens When You Die Without a Will

 

When one dies without a will, commonly referred to dying intestate, the laws of the state where the decedent resided at the time of his or her death determines what happens to that person's assets.  In many states, where one dies leaving a spouse and no children, all assets go to the...

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Marriage and Probate in Florida

One advantage of marriage in Florida is that it provides spouses with several legal benefits. One such benefit is related to probate, which is the process by which a deceased individual’s assets are legally transferred to his or her rightful heirs. When a married person dies, his or her surviving spouse is entitled...

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