New Guardianship Laws Could Provide Alternatives to Probate Barry E. Haimo, Esq. June 4, 2015 Very few would call Florida’s guardianship program “perfect.” In fact, many—including the Miami New Times— would go as far as to call it “much-maligned” and in desperate need of an overhaul. Under Florida guardianship laws,...

By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. December 11, 2018 Florida Health Care Advanced Directives Cover Mental Health, Too Many people don’t know this, but Florida health care advance directives don’t just cover physical incapacities – they also can be used to address a decline in mental health. They do this...

Importance of Prenuptial Agreement in Estate Planning By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. March 6, 2020 Prenuptial agreements don’t have the best reputation. Because of this, couples - especially wealthy couples - may keep the act of “signing a prenup” secret. They may fear that signing this agreement gives...

Am I Responsible for My Deceased Parent or Spouse’s Bills? By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. May 19, 2015 [BEGIN TRANSCRIPT] HAIMO: Generally speaking, you are not responsible for the debts of another person unless you actively agree to be responsible for those debts. [END TRANSCRIPT] The weeks and months that follow death...

By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. February 13, 2018 Sports Reporter Craig Sager Causes Dramatic Feud for His Blended Family “Nothing like getting served, pestered by Sherrifs & taken to court over a Will that myself and my sisters are not only 100% excluded from but do not even...

Power Of Attorney Form How to Remove Someone’s Power of Attorney Privileges By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq.February 28, 2019 Though a power of attorney document can be relatively succinct and quite simple to execute, it is actually a very important – and powerful – estate planning tool. A...

By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. MONTH 27, 2020 The Importance of Communication in Estate Planning: Between You and Your Family Sometimes people just don’t feel comfortable talking to their family about what they plan to do with their estate. And that makes sense. You’re essentially planning for a...

How to Avoid Probate Click here for a short playlist on the subject of probate. Very few circumstances justify taking action (or not taking action), intentionally, that results in going through Probate administration (a/k/a "estate administration"). It thrusts loved ones and potentially friends into the personal affairs...

Adult Children with Serious Conditions Need a Health Care Surrogate   Barry E. Haimo, Esq. April 23, 2015 Having a child who is truly sick with a serious illness is every parent’s worst nightmare. You feel angry, sad, and helpless all at once. You rearrange your life to ensure they...

[caption id="attachment_5240" align="alignleft" width="300"] Prince estate blunder.[/caption]             By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. June 22, 2016 Prince's Estate Planning Blunder, a Symbol of What NOT to Do - Part 2   Summary In the first post, we discussed that Prince allegedly died owning approximately $300 million dollars in assets consisting of real...