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Will My In-laws Inherit My Money if My Children Predecease Me?

A common misconception is that when you die, your daughter-in-law or son-in-law has the potential to claim a portion of your estate.  The laws of inheritance in most states do not place in-laws in the category as statutory heirs or descendants.  Descendants will, in most cases, include adopted children, but you didn’t adopt your in-laws

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Incapacity – Should You Make It Easy to Declare You Incompetent?

Recently, I have been talking a lot to my clients about whether it should be easy to declare someone incapacitated or hard. Where this comes into play is when you have a Revocable Trust and you are Trustee. If and when you become incapacitated (unable to handle the day-to-day paying of your bills, etc.) your

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The Difference Between A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Living Will?

I once had a client come in and tell me that the Living Will that their mother had didn’t work because she “coded” in the hospital and they revived her in direct contradiction to the Living Will.  I had to explain to them that a Living Will is NOT a DNR.  If their mother didn’t

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In This Day & Age, Are Original Documents Even Necessary?

We are in the technological age. Many of us don’t ever think about keeping physical copies of documents that we have in electronic form. For example, do you have a physical photograph of last Christmas with the family? I know I don’t. I have a digital image on my phone (more like my husband’s phone,

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Newly Married?

Two souls have become one. But your estates are still “his” and “hers” unless you update your estate plan. While the State of Florida recognizes that even without a Will your spouse is entitled to a portion of your estate upon your passing, this “portion” may not be what you want your beloved to have.

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Financial Wellness Month

What is a Financial Wellness Program? According to Lee Eliav, digital marketing manager of HelloWallet, “Financial Wellness” may mean one thing to employees and another to their employers. Employers see financial wellness programs as practices that guide employee behavior and create positive productivity. Employees, on the other hand, see Financial Wellness Programs as those which

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There Are Only Two Things That Are Certain: Death And Taxes.

“In This World, Nothing Can Be Said To Be Certain, Except Death and Taxes” – Ben Franklin But short term, we are much more likely to become incapacitated than to die. So what does it mean to be incapacitated? It means that we can not make our own financial or health-related decisions. This may be

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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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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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