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Checklist for Meeting with a Florida Living Trusts Attorney

By Laurie R. Chane |

No matter what your net worth may be, you know that it’s important to plan for what happens to your assets upon your passing. It’s possible that you’ve already made a smart move by creating a will, but there may come a time to consider your options with a living trust. A recent Forbes… Read More »

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Florida Estate Planning Tips for Single Parents

By Laurie R. Chane |

US Census data indicates that there are 13.7 million single parents nationwide, and they’re responsible for raising 22.4 million children under the age of 21 years old. If you’re one of them, you know that parenting involves more than just daily obligations like caring for kids when they’re sick, guiding them through education, and… Read More »

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What the COVID-19 Pandemic Teaches About Estate Planning in an Emergency

By Laurie R. Chane |

After several weeks of working from home and only leaving the home for essential reasons, the nation continues to feel the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. While some news outlets report that the curve may be leveling in Florida other experts indicate that the reopening will spark a new resurgence. Because new information… Read More »

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April 16 was the 13th Annual Health Care Decisions Day

By Laurie R. Chane |

It seems like there’s a national day for just about every food, drink, and activity, but there’s one upcoming event that’s raising awareness in an important legal area. April 16, 2020 was National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD) an initiative created by the Conversation Project to inspire people to plan ahead with respect to… Read More »

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10 Factors for Determining Alimony in a Florida Divorce

By Laurie R. Chane |

There have been many efforts to modify Florida law on alimony in divorce, the most recent being a bill in the House that sought to eliminate permanent alimony and change the factors used to calculate whether a party is entitled to alimony if so for how long and  how much a party may be… Read More »

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COVID-19 and Online Estate Planning: Warnings for Florida Families

By Laurie R. Chane |

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has created disorder in almost every aspect of life for millions of Americans, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal aims to alleviate the disruption in one area: Estate planning. According to the March 25, 2020 opinion piece, families are exploring online options for wills, trusts and advance… Read More »

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Four Tips to Avoid a Florida Will Contest After Your Passing

By Laurie R. Chane |

Creating a will is already a challenging task, so it’s difficult to think that your efforts could be all for naught when loved ones contest its provisions after you die. Unfortunately, certain individuals may do so: Florida is the only US state that specifically prohibits no-contest clauses in wills, declaring them unenforceable. This means… Read More »

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Pitfalls of Online and DIY Estate Planning Packages

By Laurie R. Chane |

If you’re currently reviewing your options for estate planning, there’s a good chance you’ve at least seen a few online or TV ads offering do-it-yourself services. These solutions typically involve downloading software and answering questions; when you work your way through to the end, the technology creates a will, trust, and powers of attorney… Read More »

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Is Your Estate Plan Optimized for the New Estate Tax Exemption?

By Laurie R. Chane |

Floridians with large estates have reason to celebrate the second year in a row in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the estate tax exemption, but they must also be prepared to act quickly to take advantage of the move. The higher exemption amount, which was included as a provision of the… Read More »

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Florida Law on Debt in Divorce

By Laurie R. Chane |

While divorcing couples might spend significant time figuring out how to divvy up assets acquired during their marriage, they may not even consider what happens to the financial obligations they’ve incurred. Debt in divorce is one of the most overlooked issues, but it’s every bit as important – whether you’re dealing with a contested… Read More »

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