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What You Need to Know About Funeral Costs

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

One of the first things that happens after a person dies is their funeral. Family members often make hasty arrangements with the first funeral home they find. In many cases, they go into the process of planning the funeral unaware of its true costs–only to later find they are now on the hook for… Read More »

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Should I Give My House to My Children Before I Die?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Many people understandably wish to minimize or avoid the need for probate of their estate. But not every means of avoiding probate is created equal. Some apparent “shortcuts” may end up creating more problems than you realize for both you and your heirs. How the “Stepped-Up Basis” Works For example, say your estate planning… Read More »

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Do I Need a Will Even If I Don’t Have Much Property?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

A common reason we hear people give for not having a will is, “I don’t own enough property,” or “My estate would be too small to worry about anyways.” The truth is that everyone benefits from having an estate plan. Even relatively small estates need to be dealt with under the law, and things… Read More »

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TD Wealth Report Highlights Estate Planning Issues Following “Gray Divorce”

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

One major life event that can have a significant impact on your estate planning is divorce. And while you might think of divorce as something primarily experienced by younger people, the reality is that the divorce rate has been increasing among the over-50 demographic. This is known in some quarters as “gray divorce,” and… Read More »

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How Paternity Claims Can Affect the Administration of an Intestate Estate

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

When you die “intestate,” that means you died without leaving a valid last will and testament. Intestate estates are distributed in accordance with Florida law. Under normal circumstances, your surviving spouse and children would be the first to inherit your intestate estate. Note that intestacy does not care about the nature of your relationship…. Read More »

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Florida’s New Electronic Wills Law Takes Effect

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

On January 1, 2020, Florida’s Electronic Documents Act finally takes effect. Among other provisions, this Act allows for the execution of “electronic wills.” Traditionally, a will is signed by the person making the document (the testator) in the physical presence of at least two witnesses. The witnesses do not need to read the will… Read More »

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Will There Be a “Reading” of My Will?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

In the recently released film Knives Out, the family of a recently deceased wealthy man gathers in his library to hear his probate attorney read the will. This “reading of the will” trope has been popular in film and literature for decades. But is it something that actually happens in real life? The short… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Organ Donation & Estate Planning in Florida

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

As of January 2020, there are more than 112,000 people in the United States on the waiting list for organ transplants, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many Florida residents are willing to serve as organ donors upon their death, but they may not understand the process for doing so…. Read More »

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Judge: Blindness No Excuse for Not Understanding Trust Before Signing It

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

It normally goes without saying that you should never sign any legal document, particularly an estate planning instrument like a will or trust, without reading it first. But what if you are incapable of reading the document? For example, what about a person who is legally blind? In such scenarios, it is critical that… Read More »

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Can a Trustee Go to Jail Over Their Handling of a Trust?

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Disputes over the handling of a loved one’s estate are not uncommon occurrences. What is uncommon is for a person to go to jail over such disputes. Yet this is exactly what happened recently to a 73-year-old Navy veteran from Michigan. According to a January 3, 2020, report in the Detroit News, Fred Smith… Read More »

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