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Avoiding probate with beneficiary designations

No matter how large or small a Florida estate may be, it may be a person's intent to avoid probate. There are several options to do this including adding a transfer on death (TOD) deed on property such as a home or car. It may also be possible to add a person as a beneficiary to investment or bank accounts. This may be ideal because typically a home or car would have to go through probate.

Major life changes: Review estate plans

It is important for Florida residents to review and modify their estate plans when they decide to get divorced. If they forget to do so and die before their divorces are final, they may then accidentally leave their estates to their estranged spouses instead of their intended beneficiaries.

Why everyone needs a will

A Florida resident may benefit from having a will as soon as he or she turns 18. This may make it easier for parents of adult children or others to make medical decisions for them. This is done through a healthcare power of attorney, and a financial power of attorney may also be included in a will. Those who have gotten married or who have just had children may also benefit from a will.

October is Special Needs Law Month: Here’s how you can help

Many people might associate October with one very big holiday: Halloween. But as it so happens, October is also National Special Needs Law Month – an entire month devoted to raising public awareness about the legal rights of those who have special needs. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has established this awareness campaign specifically to educate the public about legal advocacy for those who are elderly, disabled, or have special needs.

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