COVID-19 & Your Advanced Directives

By Samantha Schaum, J.D. The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised new healthcare concerns that did not previously exist. As of November 16, 2020, the United States has recorded more than 11 million new cases of the virus, and outbreaks continue to rise throughout the country. In addition to drafting a Living Will, some people…

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What is the SECURE Act?

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act recently took effect on January 1, 2020. The purpose of this legislation is to improve America’s retirement system by creating more options to save for retirement and to make it easier for businesses to offer retirement plans to their employees. This legislation was spurred by…

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Ron Swanson’s Will

I have had many unique estate planning clients over the years and one of the most important things I’ve learned is that you need to be a really good listener and take the extra time to understand their perspective and what makes them tick.

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Mother’s Little Helper

Using Your Elderly Parent’s Unused Estate Tax Exemption to Obtain a New Step-Up in Basis This article has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones song by the same name, but for a tax lawyer to get the attention of some that are less tax oriented, one has to be a little creative. Indeed, the…

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Password Purgatory and Digital Assets

The Daunting Task That May Occur Upon Your Incapacity or Death These days, virtually every aspect of my life is shrouded in secret passwords and user names. I added up the number of vendors, banks and financial institutions, charitable organizations, clubs, social media accounts and other miscellaneous accounts for which I have passwords or PIN…

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Choosing the Right Trustee

For some people, selecting a Trustee or Trustees to carry out the terms of their Will or Trust can be challenging.  The selection process involves the balancing of various factors both personal and professional.  Sometimes, there are no family members that have the ability, maturity, or desire to handle such responsibility. In other cases there…

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Estate Plan Check-up

Just as you should periodically review your investments to determine if they are meeting your current objectives, you should periodically have your estate plan and the related estate planning documents reviewed .  If you haven’t had your estate planning documents reviewed recently, perhaps it is time for a check-up.  In our practice, we find that…

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Did you update your Power of Attorney?

The Florida legislature recently enacted legislation which beefed up the previously modest (7 page) statute concerning powers of attorney under Chapter 709 into a comprehensive set of provisions that is now known as “The Florida Power of Attorney Act” (hereinafter “The Act”) which became effective on October 1, 2011 (now 27 pages in length). Due…

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