Aretha Franklin’s Lack of a Will Could Cause Huge Problem

According to court documents, legendary singer Aretha Franklin did not have a will when she died, opening up her estate to public scrutiny and potential problems. Failing to create an estate plan can cause lots of headaches for heirs, in addition to un …


What to Expect When Someone Contests a Will

Generally, when you create your Will, the last thing that you want to happen is a dispute among your beneficiaries or those who were not included in the Will. When conflicts like that arise, it takes much longer to get through the distribution and prob …


3 Tools for Smart Retirement Planning

Although retirement and estate planning are often considered separately, they actually overlap quite a bit. You can use some of the same tools to help you retire comfortably as you should use for your estate planning. We have set out just a few example …


The Role of an Elder Law Attorney

Many clients have heard of “Elder Law,” but not many are aware what it is or how an elder law attorney can help them. The short answer is that elder law attorneys help their clients with later life legal problems. Just as older clients have unique fina …


Estate Planning Options: Leaving Assets to a “Troubled Heir”

Unfortunately, children may not always make the best decisions when it comes to their health, relationships, or finances. Although you may want to help your children through difficult times even after you pass, you may be worried about how your child w …


Long-Term Care Insurance — Reimbursement vs. Cash Indemnity Insurance – Which is Better?

Long-term care insurance benefits are pretty similar today – policyholders who can’t perform 2 of 6 activities of daily living or have cognitive impairment will get benefits that will pay for either care at home or in a care residence. Plans pay either …


What Happens to Your Pet When You Die? How to Plan for Them Now

The pet industry has grown three times in size since 1996. In fact, 44 percent of Millennials report that they are unsure if they want to have children, so they are often getting pets instead. Pets are a lot like children for many people. That means th …


How to Transfer a Vehicle without Probate

We sometimes get inquiries about how to transfer a vehicle without going through probate.  In some cases, the only asset that the deceased person owned is the vehicle. In these situations, Florida law allows the certificate of title to be transferred t …


Thirteen Estate Planning Tips for beneficiaries with Special Needs

Estate planning for individuals that have children or other types of beneficiaries with disabilities is wrought with extra layers of complexity. Those individuals are usually primary caretakers for their loved ones and worry about who will take care of …


5 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Your Child’s Future

For many people, protecting their children’s future is a big part of why they are engaging in estate planning. However, you may be unsure of the best methods to use to protect your children best and provide for them for years to come. Is a will the bes …