Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Use A Florida Lawyer for Florida Estate Planning
May 11, 2024

Attention Florida residents: Always use an experienced Florida estate planning lawyer to draft your estate plan. Avoid the temptation to use an out-of-state attorney, even if you know that person is trustworthy, practices in this field of law outside Florida,…

Six Estate Planning Steps If You Have Minor Children
March 5, 2024

Every adult with people and assets to protect needs a plan to protect loved ones in the event of incapacity or death. And what better example of a person with people to protect than the parent of a minor child?…

Jay Leno Seeks Guardianship Over Incapacitated Wife
February 5, 2024

Jay Leno, former host of The Tonight Show, has filed a petition for conservatorship in California (similar to Florida guardianship) over his wife’s estate. Leno, 73 and his wife, Mavis, 77, met at the Comedy Club in the late 1970s….

Five Reasons You Might Want to Disclaim An Inheritance
January 21, 2024

The legal term for rejecting a bequest is disclaiming.  When you disclaim a bequest from an estate, you are effectively saying: Treat me as if I had predeceased the person who died and left me the inheritance. Then distribute the…

How To Get Your Tangible Personal Property Appraised
December 30, 2023

Many of us own tangible personal property that we want to leave to certain people. These items run the gamut. It can be jewelry, art, antiques, china. It can consist of collections of various sorts: baseball cards, stamps, coins, etc….

This Estate Battle Began 66 Million Years Ago
December 11, 2023

Four siblings are currently fighting over their mother’s estate. That is not an unusual occurrence. But unlike other estate battles, this one started a long, long time ago. In fact, sixty-six million years ago. On August 12, 1990, fossil hunter…

Elder Law Attorneys Joe Karp and Jon Karp Discuss Advance Directives
November 25, 2023

Most people understand that an estate plan protects loved ones who they leave behind.  On this broadcast, the topic was different: how planning protects loved ones when you are alive and incapacitated.  Father-and-son elder law/estate planning attorneys Joseph Karp and…

An Intestate Estate Mystery
November 9, 2023

The elderly Joseph Stancak was always a mystery to his neighbors. He lived in a run-down home in the Gage Park section of Chicago, keeping to himself. The neighbors knew that he was not a big spender, or perhaps he…

Whom Should You Name As Your Personal Representative?
August 18, 2023

Your Personal Representative is the person you select to administer your probate estate after you pass on. Often referred to as an “executor” in states other than Florida, a Personal Representative must be named in your Last Will & Testament….

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin’s Two Wills: Which One Deserves “Respect”?
July 16, 2023

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died in 2018 at age 76 . To the world, the “Respect” singer left a remarkable musical legacy. To her sons, she left a painful legal conflict that dragged on for nearly five years.  …