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Who can be a Guardian in Florida?

Florida Statute Chapter 744 defines a Guardian as a person appointed by the court to exercise all delegable legal rights and powers of the Ward after the court makes a finding of incapacity. A Florida Guardian typically will be granted the authority to make the healthcare and financial decisions for the Ward. The Ward is […]

Florida Estate Planning: Digital Assets and Social Media

Your Estate Planning is not complete without including provisions regarding your digital assets and social media. Considering the large amount of information many people have on their computers and on the internet, it is important to address these matters in your Estate Planning documents. These digital assets could include bank accounts, retirement accounts, and trading […]

Creditors Claims Against a Florida Estate

Many times during initial office consultations, potential clients want to know how long it takes for a Florida Estate to be completely administered through the Probate process.  There are several factors that will affect the length of time that it takes to administer a Florida Probate Estate. Some issues are the number of creditors. How […]

Essential Florida Estate Planning Documents

Many people are under the misconception that they do not need an Florida estate plan simply because they do not have any significant assets, or that estate planning means just drafting a Will or a Trust. This is often not accurate. There is more to include in your estate planning than just a Will that […]

Beware of Misleading Florida Estate Planning Articles

Once again I was reading my local Florida Newspaper and read an article by a so-called nationwide advice columnist misleading readers on an important estate planning topic. A person who was legally adopted who is now an adult, told the “advice” columnist that she wants to be adopted by her biological birth parents to inherit […]

Florida Estate Planning for Your Pet

Pets, for all their admirable and unique qualities, are not human beings and are not treated under Florida law as such. Florida law currently regards a pet as property. You cannot leave money or any other kind of property directly to your pets. Under Florida law, a pet cannot own property, and it cannot be […]

Declare Your Florida Estate Planning Independence

This past 4th of July, as we celebrated our great nation’s birthday, let us be grateful for those whose sacrifices have made this great country possible, and be thankful for those who by their current sacrifices allow us to enjoy our liberty and freedom. One of our great freedoms is to be able to work […]

Lake Mary Paralegal Achieves Advanced Certification in Estate Planning

Leslie M. Norton, APC, FRP a paralegal with Ian L. Gilden, P.A. in Lake Mary, Florida, has been awarded the prestigious Advanced Certified Paralegal designation by The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). This is a National Paralegal Association. Leslie completed the requirements in June 2017 for advanced certification in the area of Estate Planning. […]

Fake and Inaccurate News Articles Regarding Florida Trust and Estate Planning

Please be very careful when trying to obtain Florida Estate and Trust Planning advice by only relying on what you read on the internet or sometimes in newspaper articles. Florida Law is specific as to Trust and Probate Administration and not all laws in all states are the same. Recently in a certain Florida newspaper, […]

When is it Necessary to Probate a Florida Estate?

Whether a Florida estate needs to go through the process of Probate Administration will depend on the circumstances of each estate. Typically an estate will need to go through Probate Administration if the decedent owned any property in his or her sole name. That means, that there are no other joint owners, designated beneficiaries, transfer […]

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