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Category Archives: Estate Planning

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Can a Florida Probate Estate Be Reopened?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Estate and probate administration is usually a straightforward process. The executor of the estate gathers a deceased individual’s assets, pays any final debts and administrative expenses, and distribute any remaining property to the decedent’s heirs or beneficiaries. At this point the estate is then closed with the probate court. Reopening an Estate to Interpret… Read More »

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Court Approves Transfer of Former Attorney General Reno’s Historic Miami Home to College

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Estate planning is often used as a vehicle to make charitable gifts. For example, perhaps you wish to leave your favorite charity a certain amount of cash in your will. In most cases, the charity will welcome such gifts. But what happens when a charity rejects a gift? This often comes up when a… Read More »

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Understanding The Role of Trustee in Selling a House

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Living trusts often confuse people unfamiliar with estate planning. Basically, you create a trust and then transfer title to certain property from yourself to the trustee. The confusing part is that you can also serve as the trustee, at least while you are still alive. And as trustee, you can still use or sell… Read More »

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Orlando Judge Removes Professional Guardian After Causing Death of Ward

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

When an adult Florida resident is unable to properly care for themselves, and there is no family member available to act as their legal guardian, a judge may instead appoint a professional guardian. The Florida Department of Elderly Affairs establishes and enforces regulations for professional guardians. Of course, the mere fact that such regulations… Read More »

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What Is a Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP) Trust?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

There are many reasons a married couple may wish to create a trust as part of their estate plan. In some cases, a trust can offer certain tax benefits. But on a more personal level, a trust can help manage a more complex family situation, especially those involving multiple marriages or children from different… Read More »

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Do I Need to Include Intellectual Property in My Estate Plan?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

When a famous singer dies, you often hear news reports about the legal fate of their song catalog or other “intellectual property” (IP) rights. Many of us do not consider IP when making our own estate plan. But even if you never became a millionaire writing books or inventing new technologies, you might still… Read More »

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Does My College-Bound Child Need an Estate Plan?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

For many Florida parents, the relief of watching their children graduate from high school will quickly turn to apprehension as they go off to college this fall. In addition to starting at a new school, these college-bound kids are now (mostly) legal adults. What does this mean in terms of estate planning? Does your… Read More »

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How Your LLC May Affect Your Estate Plan

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Many Floridians own their own business. But what happens to such business, at least from a legal standpoint, if the owner suddenly passes away? The answer to this question depends greatly on the business’ legal structure and governing documents. Let’s take a relatively simple example. Abigail and Leah decide to start a consulting business… Read More »

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What Is Your “Domicile” for Estate Planning Purposes?

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Where you live at the time of the death plays a critical role in the administration of your probate estate. This is because your “domicile” normally determine what state’s law applies to the probate proceedings. For example, if Mary owned homes in Florida and South Carolina but lived full-time in her Florida house when… Read More »

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Florida Legislature Approves Electronic Wills

By Kuhn Law Firm, P.A. |

Even at a time when we keep most of our lives on our smartphones and tablets, estate planning has largely remained a paper affair. But that may soon change, at least here in Florida, as the state legislature has approved a comprehensive bill that would allow residents to create legally binding “electronic wills.” The… Read More »

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