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November 2017 Archives

When a will isn't enough

While a will may be an effective estate planning tool for Florida residents, it may not be the only document a person may need. For instance, a living will may provide direction as to what medical treatments a person wants if incapacitated. A healthcare power of attorney has the authority to make broader decisions about an individual's care in the event that he or she becomes incapacitated.

Estate Planning for National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

It is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. You may not realize it, but as you get older, the chances of you developing this condition increase. As you get ready to spend some time with your loved ones in Florida this holiday season, be sure to set aside some time to discuss your end-of-life plans with them. 

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.

What is a special needs trust?

A great way to protect the wellbeing of family and loved ones is to create a will and designate assets to certain beneficiaries. That way, the people you care about will be taken care of after you pass away. This seems simple enough, but what about when you have a family member or loved one who has special needs, a disability or is elderly?

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