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...

Complicated “Modern” Families Lead to Complicated Estates   By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. August 29, 2014 Even just a few generations ago, the words “till death do you part” had a very concrete meaning for most people. Marrying someone truly did mean spending your life with them except in...

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...

What's a Last Will and Testament? By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. March 18, 2014 A Last Will and Testament or a "Will" is a legal document that expresses your postmortem wishes. It appoints a personal representative or executor to administer your estate. It designates a guardian of the person...

What's a Last Will and Testament?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUi8T8ll4wI   By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. March 18, 2014 A Last Will and Testament or a "Will" is a legal document that expresses your postmortem wishes. It appoints a personal representative or executor to administer your estate. It designates a guardian of the person...

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...

When Adult Adoption Goes Too Far (Relating to Inheritance)   Florida law provides for adopted children to be included in the definition of descendant for purposes of the laws of intestacy. Most documents provide similar language to ensure that adopted children are treated as children for inheritance...

The Problem With Self Diagnosis I meet regularly with clients and prospective clients. When I ask if they have an estate plan, a common response is that they don't need one because they lack sufficient assets. At the conclusion of our conversation, they generally realize that...

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