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Estate Planning and Probate Tips

26. March 2016

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You can’t take it with you. So you have to be sure what you leave behind is well organized, realizes its potential, and distributed as you wish. The best way to accomplish this is through good estate planning and a good will. The biggest probate tip is to avoid it as much as possible! You […]

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Hindsight is 20/20

5. March 2016

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Ever heard this phrase? Ever lived this phrase? We all have, to some degree. The solution is always clearer when it’s already done and over with, and this can’t always be avoided. However, don’t let hindsight be 20/20 when you can avoid it in your legal and financial life. Making use of trained professionals to […]

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What are the Most Common Grounds to Contest a Will in Florida?

27. December 2015

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SmithLaw handles probate cases all the time. Probate and wills are much more complicated than most people realize. They become especially so when there are disputes about who is inheriting what and why. It is recommended that you have your estate planning completed whenever you have enough property or money to distribute to others or […]

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How Can My Estate Plan Include Digital Assets as well as Tangible Assets?

19. December 2015

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Today’s modern technology has created new things to consider for wills. An example of this is digital assets. We all know, or thought we did, what assets are. Property, money, heirlooms, stocks, bonds, jewelry, etc. When someone dies, this is what is divided up. It is tangible for the most part. Now there are digital […]

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Planning Ahead for Life-Changing Events

28. April 2015

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You can’t plan life-changing events all the time. For instance, you might be able to plan a baby to a certain extent…but Mother Nature often throws a wrench in even the best-laid plans. Your baby might come early or late, you might be ordered to bed rest, you might need to take extra time off, […]

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What Does a Will Matter since I’ll Be Dead Already?

22. February 2015

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Well, yes…you will be dead. However, your family won’t be. They’ll be left behind grieving, and you want to make that process as easy as possible. A will can help do that. Someone who dies without a will is said to have died intestate. And this is not a good situation for those you leave […]

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Same Sex Marriage

10. January 2015

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Florida has recently started recognizing same sex marriage; it is the 36th state to do so. This is now allowed “as a result of a temporary injunction issued by a U.S. district court in the case of Brenner v. Scott, in which the state’s same-sex marriage ban had been found unconstitutional on August 21, 2014. The […]

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Budgeting for Your Death

22. November 2014

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How do you budget for a death? Sounds a little weird, huh? Moreover, it is a topic most people would sooner avoid. However, we all die whether we like it or not. So how can you budget for it and why should you care, since you will be dead anyway? Well, your family won’t be […]

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Celebrities Who Died Without a Will

20. November 2014

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Yes, even the rich and famous sometimes fail to make a will. This tends to be even more complicated than a regular person dying without a will, because celebrities usually have more money and a more complicated estate. More money = More to fight over (with or without children involved). Some of the most famous […]

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