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  • Transfer Real Estate Without Probate With a Lady Bird Deed

    A Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed — also known as the “Lady Bird Deed” because President Lyndon Johnson used one to pass property to his wife, Lady Bird Johnson – is an estate planning instrument that allows a property owner to maintain control of his or her real property and avoid probate when it is time to pass the property on to heirs.

  • What to Consider When Considering An Estate Planning Attorney?

    The list of reasons supporting the consideration of consulting with an "Estate Planning Attorney" is long and an important consideration by those of us wanting to assure that our assets get divided and passed on to our loved ones and others in a way that reflects your wishes.

  • Rights of Lineal Relatives After Adoption

    When a person is adopted, the legal relationship between that individual and birth parents and other individuals is altered. In many states, adoption creates new lineage that basically substitutes a person’s natural family for his or her adoptive family. Questions regarding the rights of extended family members to children who were adopted out of the family often arise in the will and estate area of law.

  • Why Would Probate Be Avoided?

    Probate is a legal process that serves a purpose, but it comes with some drawbacks.

  • What Are My Obligations as Executor?

    The executor of an estate has many responsibilities. This individual may have been named in the will because the decedent placed particular trust in him or her. Alternatively, the court may have appointed this individual, believing that he or she could fulfill the duties the job entails.

  • Leaving Your Things to Friends After Your Death

    When considering your final affairs, you may find there are things that you would like to pass to people outside of your immediate family. In fact, maybe you want to leave everything to people outside of your family. Whatever the case, you will need to know how to direct the distribution of your assets in accordance with your wishes.

  • What Advantages Do Living Trusts Provide?

    Many people think that trusts are only useful for the wealthy, but this is not the case.

  • What Are My Rights as an Executor and Beneficiary?

    Executors and beneficiaries to a will each have rights and responsibilities as promulgated under state law. Both have important roles in the probate process and mechanisms to ensure that their rights are considered by the court.

  • Creating a Living Will

    Creating a living will can help bring peace of mind for you and your loved ones. It explains in writing what kind of medical care you want and when you want those efforts to cease during an event where you cannot speak for yourself. This can help to prevent disputes among family members, prevent unnecessary legal battles, and preserve your estate for the benefit of your beneficiaries (rather than spending it on your medical treatment).

  • Inherited IRAs & the Taxes Involved

    Receiving an inheritance can be a blessing, but there are typically tax obligations involved including the inheritance of an IRA. If you inherit an IRA, you should check with an attorney or financial advisor as soon as possible to find out what your options are.

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