Celebrity Estate Planning and Probate Stories of 2015

Estate planning is an important consideration for everyone, and ignoring or mishandling these important financial matters can lead to probate woes and family drama. On the other hand, having a solid estate plan in place can go a long way in minimizing legal headaches and family heartache. This is true even for celebrities and their […]

The Role of a Personal Representative in Florida Probate Administration

There are many important matters addressed by a will, and this valuable legal document can provide peace of mind when planning for the future. One important consideration that you may not have thought about is nominating a personal representative to administer your estate.

Who Can Be a Personal Representative?

The judge overseeing probate proceedings will appoint a […]

8 Things That May Make the IRS Audit Your Tax Return

One of the most feared aspects of the income taxation process is the possibility of an audit. Tax payers worry that some aspect of their return will trigger a further investigation and an avalanche of paperwork and headaches. Even when taking legitimate deductions and accurately representing your personal or business finances for the prior year, […]

IRS Reminders for the Season of Giving

December is here, and it’s commonly considered to be the Season of Giving – as well as the final opportunity to make any charitable donations to be deducted on your 2015 taxes. If you plan on making any tax-deductible donations this December, the IRS and your tax attorney want you to bear the following points […]

Protect the Things You’re Most Thankful For

 

At this time of year, many people are taking a moment to reflect on the people and things that they are most grateful for in their lives. What is most important to you? No doubt family is at the top of your list. You may also have a special sense of pride for the things […]

9 Estate Planning Terms to Know

When visiting a foreign country, it helps to know common words and phrases. Similarly, when navigating an area of law that seems foreign to you, understanding the definitions of the terms most often used can help you to understand the process and the final outcome. This is important, since you want to be sure that […]

Estate Planning Defined

Is a feeling of bewilderment or unfamiliarity holding you back from estate planning? For many, a leading cause of procrastination in planning for the future is being intimidated by the terms associated with this area of law. Even the concept of ‘estate planning’ can sound ambiguous. In this article, we’ll break down estate planning in […]

Don’t Make the Same Mistake as These 5 Famous Figures

What surprising thing do the following famous figures have in common?

Abraham Lincoln
Pablo Picasso
Howard Hughes
Bob Marley
Stieg Larsson

They all died intestate…or in layman terms: they didn’t have a will. Some names on the list may not be as surprising as others, such as free-spirited types like Pablo Picasso or Bob Marley. But it’s hard to imagine a […]

Time to Make Your Move – 3 Steps to Take Now that Will Pay Off in the Future

Long-term planning and tax planning are two of the top concerns for Americans looking to create a secure future. As an estate planning attorney with years of experience in tax law, Belinda France has helped many individuals and families identify and implement a plan that results in tax savings and effective succession planning. Even if […]

Fact or Fiction: Test Your Estate Planning Knowledge

Understanding the essential facts about estate planning is vital to making sure that your assets are protected and your wishes are followed. Making decisions based on misconceptions regarding estate planning can lead to financial frustrations or worse. Test your ability to discern fact from fiction when it comes to these common beliefs about estate planning:

Florida […]