4 Reasons Why NOW is the Time to Update or Get Started on Your Estate Planning!

Millions of people still haven’t started, or updated their estate plans. While it can be tempting to just keep putting it off because you feel like it isn’t the highest priority, there are some compelling reasons why it makes more sense to take care of it before the new year hits. You Never Know When it is Needed While it may sound grim, the reality is none of us know when our time will come. If you keep Read More

Why Medicaid Planning Should be Part of Your Estate Planning

When it comes to planning for the future, there are many things that need to be considered.  For many people, they may need an estate plan to help ensure the assets that they have built up over the years will not only be there for them throughout retirement, but also so they can leave something for their loved ones.  There are many aspects you can take care of during drafting your estate planning, but one thing that Read More

What a Will Can and Can’t Do

Having a last will and testament is extremely important for ensuring your belongings go to the people you intended your belongings to go to when you pass away, among many other things. When it comes to estate planning, a will is a very important first step, but it is certainly not the only step that needs to be taken in most situations. Understanding what a will can and can’t do is important when engaging in estate Read More

Guest Post: Transfer of Copyright Ownership and Rights

By: Michele G. Moss, Esquire Johnson Moss L.L.C. One of the purposes of creating a will is to identify the assets you have that you want to pass on to your loved ones.  We are usually concerned with identifying all of our tangible physical assets, including personal property, bank accounts, and real estate to make sure that these assets are bequeathed according to our wishes.  However, most of us don’t think Read More

When a Last Will and Testament Just Isn’t Enough

When people think of estate planning, they often believe that all they need is a good last will and testament to cover all their needs. While this is true in some cases, most people could actually benefit from other types of estate planning tools. Having a well-thought out estate plan today can help protect your assets now, and ensure they are used how you want them when you are gone. A will is a good place to start, Read More

4 Common Probate Disputes and How They Can Be Resolved

When someone passes away, their will and estate may have to go through the probate process before being distributed to the heirs. This has the potential to be a time consuming and costly experience, but worst of all is that it can also cause family members to dispute a devise, which can lead to heartbreaking fights. There are many different causes for these types of disputes, and understanding what they are and how Read More

Four Reasons to Create Separate Wills for You and Your Spouse

When a couple gets married they plan to stay together “until death do us part.” With this in mind, many couples think that it is a good idea to get a joint (also called a combined) will to address what should happen to their assets after they pass away. This desire is especially popular for couples whose children are already grown and on their own, which can make deciding inheritance much easier. While on the Read More

4 Reasons Why Drafting a Will Yourself May Be a Mistake

Writing a will is one of the most important undertakings most people ever face. It is of utmost importance—for both you and your loved ones—that your belongings end up precisely where you want them after your passing. Having precisely crafted estate documents that are free of mistakes and properly address all of your concerns is key to achieving your estate goals. As a result, seeking the professional assistance Read More

6 Important Considerations When Drafting Advance Directives

What happens when you become incapacitated and cannot make medical decisions? Have you prepared an advance directive that clearly states your wishes or have you decided to roll the dice and allow someone else to decide your medical fate? Chapter 765 of the Florida Statutes recognizes the inalienable right of a competent adult to create an advance directive that defines what type of medical care a physician can Read More

5 Factors to Consider When Naming a Guardian in Your Will

If you have minor children, it seems natural to assume that your spouse or the children's other parent will be there to take care of them in the event of your death. But what if you are a single parent or if you both die before the children reach adulthood? The hard truth is, every time you step into a vehicle with your partner this is a realistic possibility. Who will step into the role of caregiver if the Read More