What a Will Does and Doesn't Do (Part 1) [caption id="attachment_2584" align="alignleft" width="300"] What message are you sending your beneficiaries?[/caption]           By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. August 5, 2014 A Last Will and Testament or a “Will” is a legal document that expresses your postmortem wishes; mainly with respect to devising...

The Estate Planning Tragedy of Jack and Jill   By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. June 11, 2014 Jack and Jill Whisdom were college sweethearts. They were married thirty-seven years until that fateful night when Jack had a sudden fatal heart attack. He was survived by his twin daughters, Gina and Genny,...

Trusts are the "Channels" of Your Family's Future   By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. April 24, 2014 If you fail to plan your estate, here are a few things that you are setting your family up to experience. Guardianship During life, if you become mentally incapacitated by illness or injury, your...

The Only Benefit of Probate By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. October 18, 2013 I've said it countless times before, you want to make an effort to avoid Probate. It's time consuming, expensive, unpredictable and is not private. The worst part about it is the emotional toll it takes on...

The Fall of Florida’s Gay Adoption Ban Both Florida's laws of intestacy and most estate planning documents address the implications surrounding the existence of adopted children in connection with inheritance of a decedent's (a deceased person) estate. As mentioned in prior posts, same sex couples in...

The Mine Field of Probate Probate is the process of winding up someone's financial and legal affairs. It can be time consuming, expensive and unpredictable. It can also be quite emotionally draining. Most people find it to be a hassle, and one not worth repeating. That's because,...

Production of Wills Under Florida's Probate Statute   PART IX PRODUCTION OF WILLS   732.901 Production of wills.   732.901 Production of wills.— (1) The custodian of a will must deposit the will with the clerk of the court having venue of the estate of the decedent within 10 days after receiving information that the testator...

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