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To Trust or Not To Trust, How Would A Trust Benefit Your Estate Planning?

Revocable Trusts, sometimes called Living Trusts or Inter Vivos Trusts, are an effective Estate Planning tool for avoiding the often costly and lengthy process of probate administration, preserving privacy, and preparing your estate for ease of transition after you die.  A Trust is a legal document that authorizes a Trustee, who can be the grantor […]

Another Reason to Have Effective Estate Planning

Prince, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jose Fernandez, and Tom Clancy all left their wealthy estates in disarray. Their heirs are left with the difficult task of trying to figure out what they were entitled to and who is entitled to receive estate assets. Prince died intestate, meaning he left no Will or Trust to direct how […]

Joint Accounts versus Pay-On-Death Accounts

One unfortunate area of estate and probate litigation occurs when elderly people, especially widows and widowers, frequently add a child to their single name account to allow that child to assist the elderly parent in processing payment of the parent’s household bills, and expenses. Sometimes they also add a child to a previously single account […]

Mental Incapacity, Guardianship, and Divorce in Florida

  A party may seek a divorce on the grounds that his or her spouse is mentally incapacitated pursuant to Florida Statute 61.052(1)(b). However, the party alleged to be mentally incapacitated, must have been adjudicated by a judge to be incapacitated pursuant to Florida Statute 744.331. Also, pursuant to Florida Statute 61.052(1)(b) he or she […]

Mental Capacity and Executing Estate Planning Documents

Typically, anyone over the age of eighteen is considered to have the legal right and ability to enter into a contract. Florida Statute 732.501 states that “Any person who is of sound mind and who is either 18 or more years of age or an emancipated minor may make a will”. One of the most […]

Should You Discuss Your Estate Plans With Your Adult Children?

Deciding how much you should share regarding your Orlando estate planning with your adult children, this can be one of the toughest decisions that you have to make in your estate planning process. There is no one-size-fits-all method or answer to this question. You will need to decide what is best for your family, and […]

Choosing The Right Guardian For Your Young Children

We do not want to think about dying. We don’t want to think about what will happen to our family when we are no longer alive. Parents with minor children, should make all the necessary and appropriate legal arrangements to provide for their minor children’s care in all circumstances, especially regarding unexpected death. In Florida, […]

Time For Your New Year Legal Check Up

Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone. I look forward to continue to provide you blogs that hopefully you find useful and prompt you to think about andtake action regarding your legal needs. You often have annual medical checkups to determine the status of your health and if you need medical care to deal with […]

Do Not Be a Scrooge with Your Estate Planning

We all recall the wonderful Christmas story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge initially was a bitter, miserly man who was more concerned with material matters, instead of his soul or family.  However, Scrooge had a rare gift given to him, the ability to see his past, present, and horrific future if he […]

Thankful That I am a Central Florida Estates, Trusts, Wills, and Guardianship Attorney

Looking back on this past Thanksgiving, there are many things that I am thankful for: My family, My faith, My country, My friends, Good health, and A profession that enables me the opportunity to help others when they are in difficult situations. Being an Estate, Orlando Probate, and Trust Administration Attorney affords me an opportunity […]

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