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New Parents?

You wouldn’t leave your baby in the care of a stranger. Without a Will, that awful thought could become a reality. If something happens to both parents, for example, a car accident and neither parent survives, without a Will in place naming a legal guardian, your children become wards of the State until a court

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Know Who You Are Hiring

We all heard about them – unscrupulous lawyers who steal money from the estates of people, robbing the person’s heirs of not just money, but a sense of security in the world. I was very disheartened when I read this particular story, https://www.estateofdenial.com/2009/02/03/michigan-lawyer-plunders-disabled-veterans-estate/. It seems that the deceased person was particularly vulnerable as he was

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Is Your Estate Protected From Your Ex-Spouse?

Divorce is a time- and energy-draining event. Once it is over, you are exhausted! The last thing you think about is how your estate plan should change to reflect the divorce. However, on that issue, I have good news and bad news. The Good: In Florida and many other states, if your divorce is final,

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How Safe is Your Pet From The Kill Shelter?

Last year, over 200,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in kill shelters across Florida before they could be adopted out. That’s atrocious! We animal lovers can’t imagine our pets coming to such an awful end and we would do literally anything to protect our pets. But what happens to your pets if something happens to

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What You Need to Know about “Probate”

I was amazed today when some I know who has been working in an attorney’s office asked me, “If I have a Will, then my estate doesn’t have to be probated, right?” I guess because I work in this area, I am surprised by how much misinformation people have about probate and Wills in general.

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What The Dairy Farmers Know That You Maybe Don’t . . .

What the Dairy Farmers know that you maybe don’t . . . I found it interesting that on “Dairy Herd Management” the January topic was “Legal: Review and update your estate plan now.” https://www.dairyherd.com/news/legal-review-and-update-your-estate-plan-now The article certainly has the right premise. The start of the New Year IS the perfect time to review and update

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What Do I Do After My Spouse or Parent Has Passed?

Recently, at the Charlotte County Wellness Fair, I was asked the question: Is there a list anywhere of the things I should do or must do after my spouse has passed? (Of course, this would also be a question that would apply if your parent has passed and you are named as the personal representative.)

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