Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog


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…

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Updated Estate Tax and Gift Tax Rates For 2024
December 19, 2023

Beginning in 2024 there are new estate tax numbers you should be aware of, particularly if you have a substantial estate that is taxable right now, or one that is likely to be taxable in the future. The Federal Lifetime…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Life Insurance And Estate Planning
October 5, 2023

Clients often ask us about how their life insurance policies fit into their estate planning, and vice-versa. In this post we answer frequently asked questions on this subject. We will also tell you about specific traps you should avoid. Note:…

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Making Annual Gifts Can Help Reduce Future Estate Tax Liability
August 23, 2023

The current Unified Estate Tax and Gift Tax Exemption allows you to pass $12.92 million, tax-free. This can include tax-free gifts you make during your lifetime, or bequests made after your death, or a combination of the two. A married…

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Establishing Florida Domicile: Clearing Up The Confusion
March 7, 2023

Florida drivers license data prove what so many of us are noticing in our communities: record-setting numbers of people are relocating to Florida from other states. Our new neighbors are people of all ages, not just retirees. Leading the pack…

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Gift Tax and Estate Tax Changes Coming in 2023
October 29, 2022

Families and individuals with significant assets will have new opportunities in 2023 to transfer tax-free wealth to their heirs. Your estate planning attorney can provide you with guidance on any gifting you should be doing to take advantage of the…

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Great News For Those Who Missed the Portability Filing Deadline
July 20, 2022

Great news for those who missed the deadline to file for portability: Uncle Sam is giving you a second chance. Portability allows a surviving spouse to claim for his/her own estate any unused portion of the deceased spouse’s unified estate…

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What Grandparents Should Know About 529 Plan Impact on Taxes, Medicaid Eligibility
June 12, 2022

Good news if you are a grandparent who owns a 529 account, and for your account beneficiary: Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, contributions you make to a 529 plan need not be reported on the student’s FAFSA application (Free…

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Estate Tax and Inheritance Tax: Know The Difference
February 16, 2022

“I figured out why Uncle Sam wears such a tall hat. It comes in handy when he passes it around.”  -Soupy Sales As Soupy’s quip suggests, there are taxes for just about everything – including death. Clients doing estate planning…

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Alert: Estate Tax and Gift Tax Changes In 2022
December 6, 2021

Two key estate planning numbers will change effective January 1, 2022: The lifetime unified gift and estate tax exemption, and the annual estate tax exclusion. These changes may impact you if you have a taxable estate. The lifetime exemption is…

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