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Answers to FAQs About Florida Parenting Plans After Divorce

By Laurie R. Chane |

Regardless of the fact that parents are ending their marriage through divorce, both parents usually  want to maintain a strong relationship and stay emotionally involved with their children. Now that the family will be living in separate households, it is necessary to outline how parents can achieve these goals and effectively raise their children. … Read More »

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Benefits of Avoiding the Probate Process in Florida

By Laurie R. Chane |

Though you may not know the legal details, you’re probably aware that your final affairs will go through probate when you die. Florida laws on estate administration govern the legal process, and many of them apply regardless of whether or not you have a will. Beyond these basics, you might hear a lot of… Read More »

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3 Components to Integrated Estate Planning

By Laurie R. Chane |

By now, you’re probably aware that there are multiple benefits of executing a will and other estate planning documents. AARP describes a few of them in its publication on the Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning, including maintaining control over your assets during your lifetime, providing guidance to your loved ones upon death, and planning… Read More »

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Protect Your Assets with Medicaid Planning Strategies

By Laurie R. Chane |

While you may think that you’ll never need long-term care considering your current state of health, data from the US Department of Health and Human Services says otherwise. A person who turns 65 years old today faces a 70 percent chance of needing such services at some point in the future. Plus, 27 million… Read More »

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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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