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Larry King’s Widow Challenges Handwritten Will, Alleges Undo Influence
February 19, 2021

Multiple marriages, divorces, blended families:  These are circumstances that can make it challenging to devise an estate plan that withstands potential claims from disgruntled relatives. And when it comes to marriages, divorces and blended families, few were more familiar with…

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Language In Your Florida Trust Must Be Precise
February 11, 2021

A recent case out of Texas illustrates why the language in your estate planning documents must be crystal clear, and anticipate all future possibilities –  possibilities that may not even be on your radar.  Ambiguous language can result in family…

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Estate Plan Safe Consultation and Signing
Estate Plan Safe Consultation and Signing
July 29, 2020

During these difficult days, people are trying to figure out how can they safely create an estate plan or modify an existing one. We at The Karp Law Firm have come up with a simple, safe method in order to…

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We are working at home for you. Stop by and visit!
We are working at home for you. Stop by and visit!
May 6, 2020

UPDATE: June 29. 2020:  Our plans to re-open our physical offices have been postponed due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. Please check back at this website, where we will announce the new re-opening date.   The Karp Law…

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Find Missing Money
Find Missing Money
April 28, 2020

Madonna found money owed her for appearing in a gaming company’s video. Robert DeNiro had money waiting from Warner Brothers. Even Bloomberg LP (yes, that Bloomberg) had checks waiting for him from New York State. You need not be a…

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Warren Buffet Instructs Fiduciaries To Retain Berkshire Stock
Warren Buffet Instructs Fiduciaries To Retain Berkshire Stock
March 25, 2020

Warren Buffet, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is worth $82.2 billion. His estate plan provides for his children in a manner consistent with his philosophy: Leave your children enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing. The bulk…

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What every personal representative should know
What Every Personal Representative Must Know
February 22, 2020

Naming a personal representative (executor) to administer your estate is a serious decision. So is deciding if you want to serve as one. A personal representative is a fiduciary, required to always act in the best interest of beneficiaries. Moreover, he/she…

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Guardianship In Florida: A Bad Apple
February 13, 2020

On February 11, Rebecca Fierle was arrested in Marion County, Florida on felony charges of aggravated abuse of an elderly person. As disturbing as elder abuse is, this case is particularly horrifying because Fierle was a professional guardian, entrusted with…

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Homestead Exemption Deadline is March 1
January 28, 2020

The deadline for Florida homeowners to apply for homestead exemption on their primary residence is March 1, 2020. The exemption can reduce the assessed value of your primary residence by as much as $50,000. There are also additional exemptions for…

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Family Fighting Over Former Attorney General's Childhood Home
Family Fighting Over Former Attorney General’s Childhood Home
January 10, 2020

You probably think that the estate plan of one of the nation’s most prominent legal authorities would be absolutely airtight. But you would be wrong. Janet Reno was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Clinton, the first woman to serve…

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