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Should My Estate Plan Leave Individual Assets to Specific Heirs?

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When it comes to estate planning, some people want to go into great detail with respect to the distribution of individual assets. Such an approach may not always be advisable, however. Especially if you own assets that may fluctuate greatly in value over time, relying on an individual-asset approach when making your will or… Read More »

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Are Estate Planning Trusts Taxable?

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Trusts are commonly used in estate planning as a means of transferring assets without the need for formal probate. In some scenarios, a trust may also confer certain tax benefits. But it is important to understand how taxes actually work with respect to trusts. Federal Income Taxes and Revocable Trusts Florida does not assess… Read More »

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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

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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

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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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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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Should I Set Up a Trust for My Pet?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

For many Florida residents, their top estate planning priority is providing for their spouse or children. But what about pets? After all, it is not unusual for an animal to outlive their human master. Indeed, certain common pets such as parrots can live for decades. So what is the best way to ensure your… Read More »

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Does It Matter If My Power of Attorney Is “Durable”?

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Not all powers of attorney are created the same. Under Florida law, there is a special type of document known as a “durable” power of attorney. What makes this different from a regular power of attorney? The answer has to do with the capacity of the person signing the power of attorney–or more precisely,… Read More »

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