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Property Division Checklist For Florida Divorce Cases

By Laurie R. Chane |

When considering how to divvy up assets in a Florida divorce case, many couples focus only on the big ticket items. It can be easy to overlook other property and items that you may have acquired over the course of your marriage; many couples also fail to address the debts and legal liabilities they… Read More »

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Five Ways To Establish Paternity In Florida

By Laurie R. Chane |

Both parents have rights and responsibilities with respect to minor children, but custody, visitation, and support issues are not reserved solely for the divorce process. These matters also impact unmarried parents, though under a separate body of Florida family laws. The state statute on parentage covers what you may know familiarly as paternity. Once… Read More »

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Medicaid Planning Strategies: Using Trusts To Protect Your Assets

By Laurie R. Chane |

While there is no doubt that creating an estate plan should be a priority for Floridians of all ages, many people tend to overlook a key issue as they start to get older: Long-term care needs. It is estimated that 7 out of 10 individuals will require some type of assistance in their lifetimes,… Read More »

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Your Florida Estate Planning Update Checklist

By Laurie R. Chane |

Just as you conduct seasonal chores, take your car in for routine maintenance, and keep regular appointments with your doctor, it is equally critical to review your Florida estate plan on a periodic basis. Still, even though you know the importance of updates, it can be difficult to determine exactly when or how often… Read More »

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Assets You May NOT Want To Transfer Through A Florida Estate Plan

By Laurie R. Chane |

When you think of the different mistakes people make with estate planning, the first that comes to mind is not doing anything at all. Details from an estate planning survey conducted by Caring.com reveal that this oversight is far too common, as 2 out of 3 adults in the US have not taken steps… Read More »

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Legal Options For Enforcing A Florida Divorce Decree

By Laurie R. Chane |

In an ideal world, by the time parties are enter into a final judgment  in a Florida divorce case, both will be satisfied with the result and do their part to enable a smooth transition. Unfortunately, most divorces proceed in the real world. Whether out of spite, procrastination, a disagreement with how the order… Read More »

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Assets You Should Exclude When Preparing A Will

By Laurie R. Chane |

The point is driven home quite often, but many Floridians can use a reminder of the importance of creating a will. As noted by the financial planning and wealth management team at Forbes, everyone needs one regardless of age, wealth, or family situation. Your will enables you to pass assets to beneficiaries and choose… Read More »

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Florida Child Support: Dealing With Medical Expenses

By Laurie R. Chane |

Regardless of whether you pay or receive child support in Florida, there are basic amounts that you expect. Costs for food, living arrangements, education, extracurricular activities, and personal needs certainly add up, but they are just the beginning when it comes to the financial investment of raising a child. When addressing child support, parents… Read More »

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4 Reasons To Revoke A Florida Power Of Attorney Or Advance Directive

By Laurie R. Chane |

It was a smart move to execute a power of attorney and/or health care advance directive as part of your estate plan, as these two documents go a long way toward protecting your interests if you become incapacitated. Florida defines incapacity as lacking the ability to manage and make responsible decisions regarding your assets… Read More »

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Understanding Different Types Of Wills Under Florida Law

By Laurie R. Chane |

When you consider that a will is one of the most fundamental components of an estate plan, it seems unfair that the various types available under Florida law can create such confusion. The basic definition of a will is any instrument which disposes of a person’s property at or after death, including a document… Read More »

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