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Monday, February 10, 2020

How the SECURE Act Protects Your Retirement


Recent legislation addresses retirement issues and makes it possible for people to save more for retirement. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act created reforms to the retirement system. Advocates tout the SECURE Act as one of the most ground-breaking new retirement savings laws in over a decade. Learn Read more . . .


Monday, January 13, 2020

Understanding Family LImited Partnerships in Florida


Families that own a business or have substantial assets may want to consider forming a Family Limited Partnership to protect their assets for future generations. There are many benefits of using a Family Limited Partnership as part of a comprehensive estate plan. However, these partnerships must be created very carefully to ensure that the benefits of the partnership are not lost. A


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Have You Included Your Digital Assets in Your Estate Plan?


As most of us know, an estate plan is essential to ensuring that your wishes are carried out when you are incapacitated or upon your death. Much of this determination is related to your physical assets. However, as technology continues to become more ingrained in our lives, it is now more important than ever to take your digital life into account when planning. Your Read more . . .


Friday, November 8, 2019

The Importance of Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples


Even with a long history of case law, estate planning can sometimes seem overwhelming for people. That’s why it isn’t hard to understand why estate planning for same-sex couples may also prove complex – regardless of whether or not you are married. Luckily, with the help of a Florida estate planning attorney with experience in estate planning for the LGBTQ community, it can be made much easier. 

Rights of Same-Sex Couples Upheld

Prior to 2015 when the U.S.
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Friday, October 4, 2019

The Importance of Estate Planning for High-Risk Professionals


Any time you interact with the public, you are susceptible to a lawsuit. That is why no matter which industry you work in, you are always exposed. However, there are certain industries that are inherently more susceptible to lawsuits than others. This group often contains people with careers in medicine, law, and finance. These individuals are at a much greater risk.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

What If My Parent's Estate Goes to Probate?


The death of a parent can be devastating. But while you are working through the emotions of this new chapter in your life, the last thing that you feel like doing is dealing with the confusion of their estate – especially if it goes to probate.

Probate is a legal process that settles an individual’s estate by a court-appointed executor. Probate can prove to be a lengthy and expensive process, sometimes even lasting years at a time. 

Can you avoid probate?

If an executor can prove that all of your parent’s debts have been paid by their estate and there are no significant debts that remain, probate may possibly be avoidable.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

What Is the Probate Process in Florida and How Does it Work?


When someone passes away, they often leave many of their assets to family members and close friends. Unfortunately, they also often leave debts and other obligations. How is this handled?

Probate is the legal process used for identifying the assets of a specific decedent’s estate and then using those to pay debts or obligations that are still owed at the time of death. Once these have been paid out, the remaining assets are distributed to the beneficiaries of the deceased’s will, or if they die without a valid will (intestate), then in accordance with Florida’s laws. 

Opening the Estate in Florida Probate

The process of Probate begins when either the representative named in the deceased’s will or one of its beneficiaries notifies the court that there is a need to open and process the estate.
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Security Deposits and Eviction: What Every Florida Tenant Should Know


With 13.3% of the more than 20 million individuals who reside in Florida renting their place of residence, Florida has one of the largest populations of renters in the country. That is why it is so important for the tenants to understand some of the most important basics of Florida real estate law. Here are just a few. 

Can my landlord really charge that much for a security deposit?

Yes.
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Laws Every Landlord Should Follow


When you are leasing your property out to someone, it is important that you have your tenants sign a lease or rental agreement in order to protect yourself. It is equally important to ensure that all terms and obligations (as well as the rights of both the landlord and the tenant) are clearly laid out within the lease. However, state law under the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act, always overrides the contract. That is why it is in your best interest as the landlord to familiarize yourself with the Florida Landlord Tenant Laws in order to be sure that your lease doesn’t contradict what the state law says. Additionally, there are certain laws that you should always follow as a landlord.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Unmarried Couples and Estate Planning: Things to Consider


Estate planning is a process that involves the legal structuring of the disposition of one's assets. All couples, whether married or unmarried, should participate in the estate planning process. In fact, estate planning is particularly important for unmarried couples, as they have less legal protection than married couples.
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Zoning Laws: Purposes & Disputes


Zoning laws, while obviously designed with important purposes in mind, are not as consistent as one might expect. Although some suburban or even urban communities, usually those with very expensive homes, may be clearly separated from anything remotely connected to business or industry, others, usually those with low-income homes, are often dotted with various non-residential entities, such as auto repair shops, grocery stores, bars and factories.

The underlying purpose of zoning is to separate different types of real estate that are thought to be incompatible in order to  preserve their appearance and value and to encourage what seems to be the most appropriate use of the land in question. If you are involved in a zoning dispute, it is essential to have a Read more . . .


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