Are you a Florida resident? Do you want to have your estate avoid probate when you pass away? In fact, are you planning for your estate to not go through probate when you pass away because you have created a Florida last will and testament? The fact that you have created a Florida last will and...
Are you thinking about looking into ways your estate could avoid probate? Are you wanting to protect your beneficiaries from the often lengthy and expensive nature of the probate process? There may be several tools you can put in place to avoid probate. However, often mistakes are made which render these tools ineffective. There are three...
Can I do my own probate?  Are you an aging adult who loves DIY projects? Do you make Halloween costumes for your grandchildren, bake your own bread or create picture albums for family members? Do you take pride in still being active with your DIY projects? You should. However, are you contemplating a do-it-yourself estate plan?...
Estate planning is of critical importance to all Floridians. While research continues to show us that many individuals mistakenly choose not to plan ahead, we often find that this comes from a lack of understanding. Often, potential clients share with us a number of reasons why planning remains unimportant. From “I don’t have enough assets to...
Did you know that studies continue to share that the majority of Americans today do not have any estate planning? This means they have not created the lifetime documents, as well as the estate planning tools, that can ensure they are protected against uncertainty in their future. All too often in our office, we meet with...
Many of our clients have significant questions when it comes to the probate process. From whether they can avoid it and why it matters to how to find the right attorney who will ensure beneficiaries are protected.  We spend much of our time answering these critical questions about the probate process in Florida. You have probably...
After passing away during a coronary bypass surgery in 2012, members of Neil Armstrong’s estate held Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital culpable for the complications that led to his death. This week, it was reported that Armstrong’s estate was given $6 Million in a confidential wrongful death settlement. Armstrong’s widow and estate executor, Carol, agreed to the settlement...
Certain events in our lives often trigger an estate plan review. For example, if you get married or divorced, it is very likely you will want to change your Will and other estate planning documents. But what happens if you just find yourself estranged from your spouse? Can you change your estate plan to disinherit your...
We all own things. But when we die, where does our property go? How will our final debts be paid? This is where probate comes in. After someone dies, their Will usually is submitted to a probate court.  Even if there was no Will, the probate court will likely appoint a Personal Representative. What follows is...
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...