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  • Estate Planning: Choosing Per Stirpes or Per Capita Distributions

    “Per Stirpes” literally means “by roots or stocks; by representation” and is used interchangeably with “right of representation” by estate planning attorneys when referring to a particular method for distributing assets of a decedent. Another common method for distributing assets is referred to as “per capita”. Using ther method, each member of the same generation of a decedent will receive an equal share of the decedent’s estate.

  • Benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney

    Many of our estate planning clients have heard about a Financial Power of Attorney but are not clear as to why they should have one or how they might benefit from having this legal document. At the outset, it is important to consider, “Who takes care of my financial interests if I become incapacitated and unable to handle my own financial affairs?”

  • What if I Ignore a Florida Credit Card Lawsuit?

    After served with a Florida Credit Card lawsuit, depending on the balance alleged by the creditor or debt buyer, the Defendant has to either: File a written response to the lawsuit within 20 days (balance over $5,000), or Attend a small claims pretrial/mediation conference (balance under $5,000).

  • Florida Parents Seeking Divorce May Find Mediation Helps Them Find Common Ground

    Florida parents who can navigate their way through the process of divorce in as friendly a manner as possible can demonstrate to their children that people with major differences can put their feelings aside and negotiate a settlement that benefits both parties.

  • 5 Common Debt Buyer Lawsuit Defenses

    In addition to each of the defenses available in an original creditor lawsuit, debt buyer lawsuit defenses include standing, limited admissibility of documents, conditions precedent, and additional damages under the FDCPA.

  • 5 Common Defenses to a Credit Card Lawsuit

    Five Common Defenses to a Credit Card Lawsuit include reviewing consent orders, inconsistencies, contract amendments, counterclaims, and payment plans.

  • Factors Elderly and Senior Investors Should Know

    Investment risk factors seniors, elders, and their friends and family should be aware of.

  • Willfulness and the Civil FBAR Penalty
      by Brown, PC

    In 2008, when it was revealed that wealthy individuals around the world were utilizing accounts and trusts in Liechtenstein to evade taxes, the United States initiated a coordinated effort with foreign governments to combat tax evasion through the use of offshore trusts and accounts. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has since launched criminal investigations of several foreign banks, many of which are ongoing.

  • IRS Changing Terms for Offshore Account Holders
      by Brown, PC

    U.S. taxpayers hiding assets abroad should take note of the Internal Revenue Service’s plan to sharply increase penalties for such acts, while those who unintentionally fail to disclose offshore accounts will experience much more leniency.

  • Planning for the Million Dollar Balance Retirement Account

    A million dollar retirement account sounds like a significant sum. If something tragic were to happen, a retirement account of this size would seem to financially care for it’s beneficiaries for a long time. However, studies have shown that a typical inheritance is spent within 17 months.


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