Understanding Probate: An Overview of the Florida Probate System

For many people, probate is an intimidating concept that they need to deal with at one of the worst times in their life, just after a loved one has passed away.  The probate process is set up to identify assets of a person after they have died so that they can be used to pay debts and then be distributed to beneficiaries.  This court-supervised process typically takes 6-12 months to complete, but the process can be Read More

Too Important to Overlook: Four Key Elements of a Strong Will

Making plans for your eventual death can be unpleasant to think about, but it is extremely important if you want to ensure your final wishes are honored.  Creating a last will and testament is something everyone should do to protect and distribute property. When creating your will, however, you need to make sure you have all the key elements to avoid any type of delay or other problems.  When properly included, Read More

Estate Planning 101: If You Own Firearms, Consider Creating a Gun Trust

When planning your estate it is important to consider all of your belongings, and what you want to happen to them after your passing. For most items it is a simple process of choosing who you want to have the item, and listing it in your will, trust, or personal property memorandum.  When it comes to firearms, especially Class III or N.F.A. type firearms, however, it is not quite so simple  If you don’t have Read More

Five Items to Consider While Naming a Guardian for Your Minor Children

When you are preparing or updating your estate plan, there is nothing that is more important, yet also more difficult, than planning for the future of your minor children.  While it may be hard to think about how your children will be cared for in the event that you pass away, it is far worse to leave them without having their needs addressed.  With that in mind, review the following five key items that you need to Read More

Secure Your Legacy: Four Mistakes to Avoid While Creating Your Will

Your will is among the most important documents you will ever create. Your will determines how the fruit of your labors is passed on to the next generation. Your will plays a crucial role in shaping the legacy that you’ll leave for your spouse, your kids, your grandkids, and your community. Unfortunately, many people don’t give their will the time and thought it requires, and the fallout can be devastating for their Read More