An Open Letter To Our Community

As we navigate the effects of business in our community, we wanted to share the following resources for you to peruse for you and your small business. Governor Ron DeSantis recently issued Executive Order Number 20-91 “Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)”.  Here is a link to a copy of the Governor’s Executive Order.. . .

MYTH #4: Once I put a plan in place, I don’t need to revisit it later.

  Planning is never a “once and done” proposition. Your life, preferences, and goals change over time and maybe also be impacted by outside influences, such as the financial markets, tax law changes, and economic events. What if you marry or divorce, welcome a new child or grandchild, your minor children become adults, you move. . .

MYTH #3: A will can oversee the distribution of all of my assets.

A will is a legal document that instructs how your property will be distributed after your death. It allows you to name a Personal Representative charged with overseeing the distribution of your property and shepherding it through the probate process. Probate is the court process that’s required to validate your will and transfer your assets.. . .

MYTH #2: Estate planning is only about distributing my assets after I’m gone.

Incapacity planning is an area of planning that encompasses far more than managing your assets after your lifetime.  Incapacity planning is an ever-evolving plan —I like to call it Life Stage Planning and it is the preparation for unexpected events at every stage of your life.  When you have a young family it would include. . .

Common Myths Regarding Estate Planning – Ask Heidi

  In my practice, clients come to me with preconceived ideas regarding Estate Planning, and many of them are incorrect. Due to this, I decided to create a blog series to debunk the most common myths.  Estate planning is about defining your legacy during your lifetime, enabling you to enjoy the impact it has on. . .

Ask Heidi: What is the role of the Personal Representative in Florida?

For starters, some of you may find it helpful to know that a Personal Representative in Florida is the same thing as an Executor in many other states —Florida Law just chose the term Personal Representative.  A lot of times when I say that folks are like “ohhhhhhhh” and the a-ha moment occurs but if. . .

Common Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Estate planning and end of life planning are about taking control of how your medical needs are met when you are unable to communicate your wishes and assuring an orderly distribution of your assets post-death.  When we are “young” [at 54 I consider myself young-ish so I use that word with a broad brush] —. . .

What happens in Florida if I die without an Estate Plan?

  Quick answer, State law will dictate how your assets are distributed.   Assets that fall under the purview of the Probate Court without direct beneficiary designations will need to be probated and they will be distributed pursuant to the laws of intestacy.  This means that Florida law dictates who will inherit your probated assets without. . .

Ask Heidi : What are the Steps for Probate Once a Loved One Passes?

When a loved one passes away, the circumstances are emotional and stressful for anyone. The last thing on your mind is the practical and legal steps that must take place during this time. I tell everyone that you should take a breath, take care of putting your loved one to rest, grieve, spend time with. . .

Red Flags to Look for When Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney

Estate Planning is not black and white or an easy area of law to navigate by yourself without legal counsel. Estate Planning is an area of the law that can have everlasting (and devastating) effects on you and your loved one’s future. As with any legal matter, it is essential to remember to choose a. . .