Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog


Estate Planning When Your Heir Has A Drug Addiction
July 5, 2023

If you have a child, grandchild or other loved one who is suffering from a substance abuse problem, your situation is far from rare. Over 20 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or illicit or prescription drugs. Many others have…

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Leonard Cohen’s Trustee, Children Battle Over His Estate
February 18, 2023

Leonard Cohen, the prolific songwriter, singer and poet, died November 7, 2016 at age 82. His well-known songs include Marianne, I’m Your Man, and the iconic Hallelujah. Cohen once said that he turned to songwriting just to pay the bills,…

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Legal Battle May Be Brewing Among Presley’s Heirs
January 28, 2023

Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, aka the King of Rock & Roll, died of cardiac failure on January 12. She was 54. A potential contest for control of her estate has already begun, a mere two…

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Is a Lady Bird Deed Right For Your Estate Plan?
January 25, 2023

Clients often ask us about creating a lady bird deed for them. They have heard that this type of deed can be useful for both Medicaid planning and probate avoidance. While it is true that a lady bird deed confers…

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Joe and Jon Karp on “Oh My God I’m Getting Older And So Is My Mom”
July 22, 2022

Oh My God I’m Getting Older And So Is My Mom on July 18 featured Joseph Karp and Jonathan Karp. The father-son lawyer duo had a lively discussion with host Scott Greenberg about some intriguing topics: why some people are…

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Minor Children: How Your Estate Plan Can Provide for Each One’s Unique Needs
April 30, 2022

We often note in our posts that when leaving an inheritance to children, “equal” is not always “fair.” This applies if your children are adults, and it also applies if one or more of your children are minors. A prudent…

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Estate Planning Documents Every Florida Snowbird Needs
November 27, 2021

Welcome back, Snowbirds! We are writing this blog at the tail end of November. Today’s midday temperature in New York is 38 degrees; in Chicago, 34; in Boston, 35. At our Palm Beach Gardens office, it’s a glorious, balmy 70…

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TV Painter Bob Ross’ Son Loses Lawsuit In Battle Between Father’s Trust And Business Agreement
June 13, 2021

Bob Ross rose to fame in the 1980s as the host and instructor of the wildly popular Joy of Painting TV show. Viewers were smitten not just with his artistic techniques but also with his mesmerizing voice and congenial manner….

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Check Homeowner’s Insurance Policy After Putting Your House In Trust
April 21, 2021

If you are a Florida resident, having a living trust as the cornerstone of your estate plan can offer many benefits. Among them are probate avoidance, privacy, possible tax advantages, and the ability to set conditions on your heirs’ inheritances….

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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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