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July 2015 Archives

Making certain an estate plan is complete

While many Florida residents have estate plans, some of those are incomplete. Some people have an idea that they simply just need to write a will and then forget about it. When that approach is taken, there are many important issues that can arise, leaving a family struggling to know what to do.

Estate plans can protect family members and assets

Florida residents who hve saved carefully for the future should also consider how those savings will be managed in the event of medical issues or their death. Planning may minimize these problems, but without sound counsel, it is possible to overlook some important areas. An understanding of the areas that can be difficult without proper planning is important, and legal completion of some documents can be a key to ensuring that one's plans are implemented as desired.

Leaving assets to children in Florida

Knowing that their children will be secure after they are gone is a goal for many Florida parents. This means taking time to create an estate plan that can achieve that purpose. One way to do this may be to designate a child as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. When the parent dies, the child will be entitled to receive the proceeds without having to endure the delays that the probate process often brings.

Estate planning and same-sex marriage considerations

Since the Supreme Court's recent landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation, Florida residents in same-sex relationships may want to consider some important estate planning factors. Doing so can help couples to take advantage of some of the benefits to which they are now entitled, allowing for the easy passing of their estates to the surviving spouse.

Estate planning and end-of-life care

Retirees flock to Florida to get away from cold climates in their golden years, but eventually most will have to cope with a decline in health. An estate plan can be an essential part of financial planning for the elderly and address much more than who inherits assets. Financial experts recommend that estate plans address how assets will be used for long-term care. Additionally, a medical directive should be prepared that assigns someone to make health care decisions if a person becomes incapacitated.

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