Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

Posted on September 28, 2023

In 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation, giving same-sex couples the same legal rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. Even with these rights, there are some situations involving children that are inherently more complicated with same-sex couples than heterosexual couples. When it comes to estate planning, there are five key documents […]

Can I Benefit from a Generation Skipping Trust?

Posted on August 11, 2023

A Generation Skipping Trust (“GST Trust”) can be a strategic tool for high net-worth families to pass assets on to future generations while minimizing or, in some cases, eliminating transfer taxes. In a typical non-GST Trust, the Grantor establishes their children as the beneficiaries. This is not always ideal because when the assets pass from […]

I Have No Spouse or Children. Do I Really Need a Will?

Posted on July 13, 2023

Many people believe that they don’t need a Will if they don’t have a spouse or children. Even if you don’t have any dependents or heirs, you may still want the people or organizations of your choice to inherit your assets and possessions rather than the state deciding how to distribute them. If you die […]

How Do I End a Guardianship?

Posted on June 14, 2023

Guardianships are created to allow a trusted adult to take care of the health and financial needs of someone who is unable to do so for themselves and lacks other alternatives, such as a Trust or Healthcare Proxy. In Florida, a Guardianship can be established for either an adult with physical or mental disabilities or […]

Is a Dynasty Trust Right for Me?

Posted on May 10, 2023

Establishing a Dynasty trust in Florida is one of the best ways for high-net-worth families to preserve wealth for future generations. A Dynasty trust allows a Grantor (the person who sets up the trust) to place assets in the Trust that can pass on to future generations while minimizing taxes and the risk of losing […]

Do I Really Need an Attorney to Draft My Estate Planning Documents?

Posted on April 7, 2023

Would you hire an accountant to help manage a tax audit, or research it yourself and hope for the best? Do you need a contractor to remodel your kitchen, or would you watch a few YouTube videos on remodeling and grab a sledgehammer to start the demolition? In both of these scenarios, while you may […]

Florida Trust Options

Posted on March 10, 2023

Trusts are an important part of a comprehensive estate plan that offer a variety of benefits ranging from probate avoidance to ensuring a child with special needs is financially supported. Creating an estate plan that strategically uses the power of one or more Trusts can help preserve and protect your family’s financial security long after […]

How the Florida Probate Process Works

Posted on January 9, 2023

Probate is the legal process in which the Court ensures that a person’s final debts are paid and their assets are distributed to their beneficiaries and heirs. The first step is to contact an experienced estate law attorney and provide the attorney with a copy of the Decedent’s Will – if one exists. If a […]

Avoiding Inheritance Disputes

Posted on December 6, 2022

The goal of an estate plan is to ensure that the assets you have built up over a lifetime are distributed in accordance with your wishes. However, if you have beneficiaries or relatives who object to your estate plan, they can contest it. This can derail your wishes, cost your estate hundreds of thousands of […]

When Should You Re-Evaluate Your Estate Plan?

Posted on November 9, 2022

Many couples create their estate planning documents shortly after their first child is born and leave them untouched for decades, until they are needed. However, during that time, life continues to change and the documents may not reflect your current wishes when they are needed later in life. For this reason, we recommend that our […]

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