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Monthly Archives: June 2019

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What You Need to Know About Cremation and Estate Planning

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Among the issues you should consider as part of your estate planning is the final burial or cremation of your remains. Many Florida residents prefer cremation, as it does not require securing a burial plot. If cremation is your preference, you should say so in your will and provide any necessary direction regarding the… Read More »

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Can I Have My Pet Buried With Me?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

A recent story from Virginia caught the attention of the media and revived a debate over a practice known as will-stipulated euthanasia. We are not talking about euthanasia of humans, mind you, but of pets. WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia, reported a healthy Shih Tzu arrived at a local animal shelter with instructions to euthanize… Read More »

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The Florida Homestead Exemption & Your Estate Plan

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Florida law provides special protection from creditor claims for a person’s “homestead,” i.e., their primary residence. These protections even extend beyond death. That is to say, when a Florida resident dies, they can pass their primary residence on to their heirs at law–usually a spouse or child–and the decedent’s creditors cannot touch the property…. Read More »

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Planning for Contingencies in Your Will or Trust

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

An important part of estate planning is anticipating contingencies. For instance, say you make a will leaving your entire estate to your only child. You should also anticipate a situation where your child dies before you by naming a contingent beneficiary–i.e., who will inherit your estate if the originally named beneficiary is not available…. Read More »

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Why Do I Need a Contingent Beneficiary for My Will or Trust?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Anytime you make a will or trust, it is a good idea to name one or more “contingent beneficiaries.” What do we mean by this? Let’s say you are making a simple will. You decide to leave your entire estate to your only daughter. But what happens if she somehow dies before you do?… Read More »

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What Happens If My Will is Lost or Misplaced?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Although most of our important documents are now digital, wills remain surprisingly “analog.” What we mean by this is that after a person dies, a Florida court typically needs to see an original, signed copy of a will that has been witnessed by at least two other people. A digital or photocopy is generally… Read More »

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The Legal Risks of Revising Your Estate Plan

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

You are generally free to amend your will or trust during your lifetime. So if you decide your present trust is inadequate, for example, you can revoke it and establish a new one. But keep in mind, any amendments to your overall estate plan may lead to more complications down the line, particularly if… Read More »

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How Bankruptcy Can Affect Your Florida Probate Estate

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

In many ways, probate administration and bankruptcy are similar legal processes. Both involve creating a legal “estate” for an individual’s assets. These estates may have legal rights and interests that conflict with that of the individual. And both types of estates are subject to claims from the individual’s creditors. Florida Estate Liable for $133,000… Read More »

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