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Estate Planning and Probate Tips

Saturday, March 26, 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

Saturday, March 5, 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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Notary 101

Monday, October 26, 2015

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It’s kind of a pain to find a notary sometimes. We all know that. And you always need one for random stuff you didn’t anticipate. It’s great when someone or some institution requiring the notarized document has one on staff…that’s very convenient. However, it doesn’t always happen that way. So then, you have to find […]

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The Pros and Cons of Probate — Is it the best option for me?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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There are many opinions about the pro’s and con’s of probate, addressing the questions of whether or not it is a good idea to rely on probate for your estate after you die.  Probate is the legal process by which the assets of someone who has died are distributed to his or her creditors and […]

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Undue Influence in Wills and Probate Cases

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Undue influence is a legal term that applies to many different situations. Probate lawyers, like SmithLaw, hear the term quite often. Merriam-Webster defines undue influence as: “such influence over another often presumed from the existence of very close relationships as destroys his free agency in the eye of the law: such influence as prevents a […]

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What to Consider When Beginning Your Estate Planning

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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First and foremost, all estate-planning professionals recommend a detailed will. While there are kits available to make your own will, they will not come with seasoned professional advice. If you have numerous assets and specific desires for how they should be distributed, it is recommended you create your will with the help of an attorney. […]

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Who Can Act as a Personal Representative in a Probate Case?

Friday, July 1, 2011

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One question that may cross your mind as you prepare to make your will is, “who can I name to be my personal representative?”  Well, the answer to that question can, and does, vary by state.  A Florida Probate Lawyer can tell you that a personal representative can be anyone you decide to appoint to […]

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Mediation in Guardianships

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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With most legal proceedings there are two sides, with each side fighting the other for what they feel is right. Whether pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, a civil suit, or disputing a will or trust, there is always someone who is seeking to see their rights validated by a jury or a judge. It is no different […]

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Minor Guardianship vs. Custody of Minor: What are the Differences and Similarities?

Monday, June 27, 2011

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When trying to figure out which proceeding is where, it is important to distinguish between the two. In the case of minor guardianship versus the custody of a minor, they sound pretty similar. But these two types of custody arrangements are actually handled in two different court departments and have different laws governing them. Guardianship is […]

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