May 2015 Archives

Executor responsibilities detailed

A Florida resident who is named as the executor of a decedent's will may be apprehensive about the responsibilities that accompany that position. The executor needs to make sure the desires of the deceased person are fulfilled and the remaining financial obligations of the person's estate are taken care of.

Estate planning changes along with tax changes

Florida residents who have large estates are likely aware that over the last decade, there have been changes to federal estate tax exemptions and capital gains rates that may change how they want to approach their estate planning. Capital gains tax rates have gone up from 15 percent to 24 percent, while the federal estate tax exemption rose from $1.5 million to $5.43 million between 2004 and 2015.

Using a trust to hold a life insurance policy

Naming a trust as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy can be a wise decision in some situations. Although many people name a person as the beneficiary of their life insurance policy, using a trust instead can be helpful for Florida families with large estates, financially irresponsible heirs or special needs children.

A look at how the law handles digital assets and estate planning

Florida residents who have online accounts may be interested in how those accounts are treated after their death. Depending on the service provider, it may be difficult for family members to gain access to those accounts and the information contained within them.


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