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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Estate Planning During the Pandemic

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

The death toll from the COVID-disease topped over 15,000 globally, including over 400 deaths in the U.S.  As of March 22, 2020, there were more than 32,000 confirmed cases of the virus in all states across the nation. The coronavirus has disrupted our daily lives, halted business operations, and clogged the arteries of global… Read More »

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What Happens to Gifts if Beneficiaries Pass Away Before the Testator?

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The anti-lapse statute is a Florida law designed to address the lack of contingency planning in Wills. What happens to a gift left for a beneficiary in your will if that person predeceases you? How does Florida’s anti-lapse statute handle the gifts left for beneficiaries who have passed away? What Happens to Gifts if… Read More »

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Will Contests in Florida? Grounds, Legal Procedure, and Possible Outcomes

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One cannot challenge or contest a Will simply because they do not like its contents. A Will is a legal document that specifies a deceased individual’s testamentary wishes outlining who should inherit his or her property after death.  If someone would like to contest a decedent’s Will, you should speak to an experienced trusts… Read More »

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How to Incorporate Your Business into Your Estate Plan if You’re a Small Business Owner

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Do you have a plan in place for your business after you die?  Do you know what’s going to happen to your business if you do not plan properly?  Your planning now will dictate whether or not your company will continue to thrive after your gone. If you do not incorporate your business into… Read More »

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How Does the SECURE Act 2020 Affect Your Estate Planning?

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The federal SECURE act became effective on January 1, 2020, which affects many people who have already established their estate plans.  “SECURE” stands for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. The 2020 law implements new rules regarding the inheritance and distribution of retirement accounts to beneficiaries named under the plan or in estate… Read More »

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Is It Possible to Probate a Copy of the Lost Will in Florida?

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A Last Will and Testament (“Will”) is a legal document that outlines a person’s wishes regarding the disposition of his or her property at the time of death.  When clients take possession of their original Will after signing, it is not uncommon if the testator (the creator of the Will) loses the original Will,… Read More »

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How and Why to Disinherit a Family Member in your Estate Plans

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

For many reasons, an individual may need to disinherit a family member in their estate plans.  This could be for tax purposes, creditor protection, or you want to specifically exclude someone form inheriting your wealth.  If you are considering disinheriting a family member, then there are several things you should know. If you die… Read More »

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How a Premarital Agreement (Prenup) Can Be a Powerful Estate Planning Tool

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Many people tend to think that prenuptial – or premarital – agreements are used solely to protect assets in a divorce. However, a prenuptial agreement can also serve as a powerful tool in estate planning. Why Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement As Part of Your Estate Plans? One of the key reasons why… Read More »

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What if You Die Without a Will in Florida? Who Inherits Your Property?

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How your family will inherit property after you die without a will depends on your state’s intestacy laws. Unless you have an estate plan where you choose your beneficiaries to avoid Florida’s intestacy laws, your property will be passed to your heirs in two different ways: Outside of probate (by operation of law or… Read More »

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4 Key Reasons to Update Your Estate Planning Documents During or After a Divorce

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Commonly in estate plans for married couples, the spouse is named as a beneficiary and as a decision-maker in the event of disability.  The spouse is named to make healthcare, legal, and financial decisions as well as control the assets of any minor or special needs children. However, when a married couple files for… Read More »

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