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What to consider when choosing an executor

One important part of the Florida estate planning process is determining who gets what assets of an estate. Another important part is deciding who will oversee the estate administration process. The person who oversees the administration of an estate is often referred to as an executor. This blog post will describe some things to consider when choosing an executor.

Living wills can be a key part of Floridians' estate plans

Death can be an unpleasant thing to think about. Yet there may be many advantages to thinking about and anticipating potential end-of-life issues. A big issue that may be worth thinking about is the issue of what happens if one becomes incapacitated and unable to make one's own health care decisions.

A durable financial power of attorney: How it works

When a person in Polk County dies, their estate becomes subject to their estate plan. But what happens if a person becomes incapacitated? They are still alive, but they cannot handle their own financial affairs or make other types of decisions for themselves for as long as they are incapacitated. In this case, a durable financial power of attorney may be effective.

What is an executor and what do they do?

If you are considering making or changing your will, you may have given some thought to who your executor should be. Maybe a friend or relative is making their will and has asked you to be their executor. What exactly is an executor and what do they do? This blog post will provide a brief answer to these questions.

How we can help with estate administration, elder care planning

We looked last week at a situation familiar to many Winter Haven and Lakeland residents: that of "snow birds," retirees and elder folks who live in Florida during the winter and move to northern states during the summer months. As we noted, questions of residency may arise when a snow bird passes away and may have serious tax implications if not anticipated. That's not too hard to understand, so our readers may wonder why bother enlisting a legal professional to assist with estate administration on behalf of their elder family members at all?

What is the probate process?

Probate is a common term. However, what it entails may not be as commonly understood. Loved ones facing the loss of a family member may wonder what the probate process involves. In general, the probate process is a court-supervised process that gathers assets, pays debts and distributes assets to beneficiaries when an individual passes. In Florida, there are different types of probate administration, including summary administration and formal administration.

Name an executor to your amassed estate

There are endless reasons one may potentially like to set up an estate plan. Whether to benefit while you are alive or after you have passed away, estate plans are helpful to ensuring one's assets stay on track with one's financial goals. Once wealth has been amassed, it is important to manage it responsibly to ensure that it is maintained at a steady rate of growth.

What benefits are associated with living wills?

When a person thinks about taking care of their loved ones, what items come to mind? Of course being there for someone emotionally is a significant part. However, there is also the financial portion of caring for loved ones that can give caretakers pause. When the roles are reversed and a caretaker is now the person who needs care, how can these wishes be carried out?

Why should Winter Park residents think about avoiding probate?

Probate is a term often thrown around when discussing estate administration, but what does it mean? Probate, in terms of estate administration, is the process in which a person's assets are transferred out of their ownership and into the ownership of the appropriate heir(s). Several estate administration tools are available to shorten the probate process and get a loved one's asset into the possession of the deserving person or parties. Usually, these issues come to light after a person passes away, but they can be arranged before that day comes.