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An Inheritance Trust Can Keep Your Assets In Your Family
July 30, 2020

Do you have married children? Are you thinking about your estate planning? If the answer to both is yes, one of your goals is probably making sure your hard-earned assets end up with your own grandchildren should your child get…

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Florida cohabiting couples need legal plans to protect themselves, one another
June 18, 2020

Many of our clients “cohabit.” They are committed to one another and share a home, but are unwilling to marry, usually for legal and financial reasons. If this is your situation, for all intents and purposes you may consider yourselves…

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Jeffrey Epstein- Heinous Life, Estate Planning Lessons From His Death
Jeffrey Epstein: Heinous Life, Estate Planning Lessons From His Death
August 21, 2019

This is not the forum to discuss the lurid details of the Jeffrey Epstein case. Others are doing a thorough job of that. However, there is one aspect of the saga with direct relevance to our readers: how trusts can…

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Turmoil in Aretha Franklin Estate: She Did Have A Will, After All – Three of Them
May 26, 2019

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dies Intestate. Now it turns out that the “intestate” part may not be true. Three handwritten wills were found in Franklin’s suburban Detroit home recently. This development may well complicate matters, not clarify them. Multiple…

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Rocker Tom Petty's Estate Plan Is Free-Fallin'
Rocker Tom Petty’s Estate Plan Is Free-Fallin’
May 6, 2019

It is always wise to seek experienced legal guidance when you are setting up your estate plan. Wording you may think is obvious may not be as clear to others as it is to you. Any ambiguity in your plan…

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Parents Should Designate Guardian For Minor Children
November 24, 2018

Despite the fact that we are “Elder Law Attorneys,” we are also traditional estate planners and help adults of all ages make plans for the future. Naturally, our clients include parents of young children who want to make sure their…

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Burt Reynolds Kept His Estate Planning Private With a Trust
September 23, 2018

Actor Burt Reynolds was raised in Riviera Beach, Florida, the son of a police chief. After an injury sidelined him from playing football at Florida State, he pursued acting. His career took off in the 1970s and he went on…

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dies Intestate
August 23, 2018

Singer Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018. The 76-year-old “Queen of Soul” died at her Detroit home of pancreatic cancer, surrounded by family. Winner of 18 Grammy awards and known for iconic songs like “Respect,” Franklin was intensely…

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Anthony Bourdain not yet divorced when he died, potentially complicating estate plan
August 13, 2018

Marriage and divorce play a big role in the effectiveness of your estate plan. Here’s a prime example. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia married in 2007. They had a daughter, Ariane. According to Bourdain, their relationship…

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Harper Lee’s Estate Plan Built For Privacy
February 28, 2018

If you are someone who values privacy – in life and in death – take a page from Harper Lee’s estate plan. The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee was a ferociously private individual. And…

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