What You Can Learn from Celebrity Trusts

Between the paparazzi and social media, we often know more about celebrities than we care to. In fact, they are so far removed from your life, you may feel that there is nothing to be learned from their trials and triumphs. However, sometimes we can learn what not to do especially in terms of their estate planning. In this article, we will explore what you can learn from celebrity trusts. Establish Trusts as Read More

Is Your Estate Plan a Hit or a Miss?

Hit the mark. Miss the boat. The words “hit” and “miss” are used in a number of colloquialisms and idioms. The phrase “a hit or a miss” suggests a random, haphazard approach – which is certainly not how you need to do your estate planning! When considering whether your estate plan is a hit or a miss, ask the following questions: Does my estate plan meet my estate planning goals? Most people have some goals in mind Read More

Can You Split Your Trust?

A trust is a legal entity created to hold assets for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. If you contemplate adding a trust to your estate plan, you may wonder if there are any situations where you can split your trust if necessary. Under what conditions would a split, if allowed, help achieve your estate planning goals? In this article, we will look at several ways to split a trust. Split Your Trust with a Read More

Key Differences Between Tenancy in Common and Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship

How property is owned affects the property on several levels. There are advantages and disadvantages to the different types of property ownership. For example, Pat and Jeff planned to purchase some property in Palm City. They felt it was important to learn the differences between tenancy in common and joint tenancy with right of survivorship. It was important to compare the two types of property ownership in several Read More

Directed Trusts 101

While trusts are a common form of estate planning, there are variations in how trusts are formed. For example, Alex T. was considering forming a trust then transferring his family business to the trust. However, he was concerned about appointing a trustee. Alex had built his company from the ground up and was reluctant to hand authority and control to someone who did not possess his personal interest in the company. Read More

In This Season of Giving

It’s likely that you will have finished the rush, stress, and joy of the holiday season by the time you read this blog. Despite this season of giving, there’s a gift you may have missed: your estate plan. However, estate planning is all about giving. It is not too late to consider using the following strategies. Give Back to the Community Through Charitable Trusts By establishing a Charitable Remainder Trust, you Read More

3 Little Known Facts About Wills

The Last Will and Testament has been used as an estate planning document for centuries. In fact, Wills are often the first – and only – document people think of when they think about estate planning. Most people know about Wills from books, news about Will contests and celebrity estates, movies, and television shows. As common as they are, though, there are some little known facts about Wills. Little Known Fact Read More

Does Florida Law Trump Your Estate Plan?

Are there Florida laws that pre-empt even the most well-thought-out estate plans? In some cases, yes. For example, someone in a strained marriage, or who is estranged from a spouse, may write an estate plan that prevents that spouse from receiving a full share of their estate. The surviving spouse may find relief in Florida law. Let’s take a look at some of those laws. Florida Homestead Exemption Florida residents Read More

Will Contests and How to Avoid Them

When country singer Glen Campbell died in 2017, he probably did not foresee the manner in which his family subsequently chose to handle his estate. He did leave a Will. However, three of his eight children were specifically excluded from the Will, which led them to contest the Will’s validity. Now, Mr. Campbell’s estate is being held up in probate court until the matter is decided. Whether a family is famous or not, Read More

Dynasty Trusts: Sharing Your Wealth with Future Generations

Over the years, George and Marla had built a real estate empire. Now, their deepest desire was to make sure their children and future descendants benefitted from their work. While discussing their estate planning goals with their lawyer, they learned about dynasty trusts. If sharing your wealth with future generations is a consideration, you, too, might benefit from a dynasty trust. Building an Enduring Legacy with Read More