Archive for June, 2013

Your Estate Plan After Divorce

When you go through a divorce you long for that day when the Judge finally signs your final judgment of dissolution of marriage and closes your case so that you can focus on rebuilding your life and moving on with your other pursuits. Usually folks tend to look forward to life “after divorce”, to the

Not All Life Estate Deeds Are Created Equal

If you own property in your own name, when you die that property will be subject to a probate proceeding. However, there are steps you can take to avoid an often dreaded, time-consuming, costly proceeding where you close out decedent’s final affairs. However, there are several probate avoidance techniques that you may employ to reduce

Probate Avoidance Techniques

In your quest to avoid probate, you should consider the following types of Probate Avoidance Techniques: POD Bank Accounts and Certificates of Deposit To ensure that your account does not become part of the probate action, contact your bank representative to discuss your options when you wish to add a paid-on- death (POD) or transfer-on-death

Florida’s Durable Power of Attorney Statute Changes

Florida has enacted new legislation governing a durable power of attorney effective October 1, 2011. A durable power of attorney permits your agent or “attorney in fact” of your choice to sign your name and handle your day-to-day business in your place. Prior to October 1, 2011, you (the principal) could choose between an “immediate”

Avoiding Guardianship

It is never too late (or early) to have proper planning in place so that a Guardianship might be avoided. A Guardianship is usually necessary when someone becomes incapacitated and cannot handle their financial affairs or cannot physically take care of themselves or both. Guardianship proceeding usually involves removal of an individual’s rights. Consequently, the

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