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Cryptocurrencies can confuse Florida estate plans

As cryptocurrencies have proliferated, while growing in popularity as an investment or speculation vehicle, laws, regulations and attorneys have struggled to keep up. Currently, the IRS treats cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum, as property rather than as currency. However, as agencies rush to regulate such cyber funds, the laws and rules surrounding them are certain to change. This, in turn, makes planning for estates that include cryptocurrencies a rather dynamic process.

Plan for your loved ones' futures in Florida

While it is often explored in art and literature, mortality is not always a favorite topic among regular, work-a-day folks in Florida. Thinking about the outer limits and eventual end of life is dark, often depressing, and usually avoided. An unfortunate consequence of this aversion to considering mortality is a failure to plan for it. Failing to plan for one's eventual death can undermine what you wish for your loved ones and leave them on the hook for taxes and expenses that could otherwise have been avoided.

Federal tax law likely to drive even more folks to Florida

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed and was signed into law, one important change that took effect was the cap placed on the deduction of state and local taxes. This change, of course, most directly affects taxpayers in states with higher income and property taxes - like the president's home state of New York. Under the new law, the deduction of state income taxes and property taxes from federal income taxes will be limited to a total of $10,000.

What are some estate planning mistakes to avoid?

Many Winter Haven and Lakeland residents ought to have an estate plan, but estate plans can be difficult for the uninitiated to draw up. There are so many mistakes that people often make in the realm of advanced estate planning. Sometimes these are due to lack of information, other times they are due to the abundance of bad information available on social media and by word of mouth. This blog post will review a few of the mistakes that some people make when they put together an estate plan.

Big estate and gift tax changes may affect your estate plan

Winter Haven and Lakeland residents have probably heard of the major federal tax reform legislation enacted late last year. The law includes not only an overhaul of the federal income tax system but also the federal gift and estate tax system as well. This change has big implications for the estate planning of many Floridians. This blog post will provide some basic information about the changes made to the federal tax code and other changes for 2018.

Your estate plan may benefit from a health care proxy

Each year many Florida residents are involved in health crises that place their capacity to make decisions about their care in jeopardy. Whether they are incapacitated through accidents or illnesses, people who lose their ability to make informed decisions about management of their own health can be left at the mercy of medical professionals and their family members to act in accordance with the wishes the individuals are believed to hold.

We help Polk County residents with their estate plans

In the minds of many Polk County, Florida, residents, the topic of estate planning brings to mind the task of distributing assets after one's death. This is indeed a very important part of estate planning, but it is not the only part.

End of the year estate planning

With the Thanksgiving holiday here, the end of the year is just around the corner. Besides shopping for holiday gifts, there are other end of the year activities a person in Lakeland may want to accomplish. The end of the year is a good time to revisit an estate plan and make sure it is still in good shape.

Follow Hugh Hefner on estate planning

A Florida attorney can provide beneficial advice on estate planning. Hugh Hefner, with the assistance of his lawyers, provides an example of sound planning. Its strengths are impressive given Hefner's divorces and the economic and readership decline of Playboy magazine.

How healthcare advance directives work in Florida

All competent adults have the right to make decisions regarding their health. But, a problem can arise if an adult loses the ability to make these decisions. When this happens, how can someone communicate their health wishes to loved ones and health care providers?