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Just Because You Can… Should You?

Would you extract your own tooth? Perform surgery on yourself? Shopping on amazon for things I don’t really need, I came across a few interesting items. Did you know amazon sells a surgical bone saw? Or a human rib spreader? Or dental extraction tools? Neither did I, until now. And the reviews, very entertaining! While...

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When is the Right Time for Estate Planning?

Is Estate Planning Important? The process of estate planning is more than just creating a will. Effective estate planning is vitally important. Estate planning minimizes income and estate taxes while also providing answers to questions regarding protecting your assets, medical treatment if you become incapacitated, and ensures money for anticipated expenses following your death. There is...

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What is a Personal Representative (PR) for an estate?

When someone passes away in Florida or while owning assets in Florida, then the estate of the decedent will go through the Florida probate process. Part of this process includes appointing of a Florida personal representative to oversee the affairs of the estate. A personal representative can be an individual, a bank, or a trust...

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Probate: The Basics

What is Probate? Probate is a process for gathering the decedent’s assets, paying taxes, claims and expenses and distributing assets to beneficiaries. This is the first legal step of administering the estate of the deceased person through a will. Florida law establishes two types of probate administration: Formal and Summary. These two types of administrations vary...

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Last Will and Testament vs. a Living Will

Adults of all ages benefit from the creation of both a Last Will and Testament and a Living Will. These legal documents ensure the carrying out of your beliefs and values in your absence. Usually, people create or update their Wills upon marriage, having a child, changing jobs or reaching retirement age. Having a current Last Will and Testament...

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Whether Your Florida Will is Valid

A will is an instrument that is executed with certain formalities that may be revoked within in the maker’s lifetime and operates only after the maker (“testator”) dies. If you’re wondering whether your Florida will is valid, consider the following. In Florida, a valid will requires certain formalities. These formalities include the testator’s signature, witnesses,...

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Notary Public vs. Civil Law Notary

Notary public vs. civil law notary: A civil law notary is distinct from a notary public. On the one hand, a Florida notary public requires very little training, payment of a small fee, and very few duties and responsibilities. On the other hand, a civil law notary requires extensive training, has a tremendous amount of...

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Personal Representative of Florida Ancillary Probate

If a non-U.S. resident dies leaving assets in Florida, an ancillary administration is necessary. The personal representative of Florida ancillary probate proceedings has the duty of organizing the decedent’s assets located in Florida, giving notice to creditors and paying valid claims, and distributing the remaining assets according to the decedent’s will or the intestacy statutes. If...