How a Low-Cost “DIY” Will Could Cost Your Heirs a Fortune

A few months ago, the Florida Supreme Court was asked to rule on the interpretation of a will created using an “E-Z Legal Form,” something anyone can buy on-line for a grand total of $2.95.
The will in question was missing a key provision: a “residuary clause.” This type of clause addresses the disposition of any property that might be acquired after the date the will is …

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There’s No Time Like the Present to Do Some Estate Planning

“I want to tell you about something I’m going through that I hope will lead you to take action — today.” This quote is from Washington Post finance columnist Michelle Singletary, whose mother was recently critically injured in a house fire. Her mother valued her privacy to such an extreme that she never wanted to create any sort of estate plan…

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What Family Traditions Will Your Children Remember?

One of my favorite aspects to my job comes after the estate plan has been designed, drafted, and executed. That’s when I get together with my clients to have what I call our “Legacy Interview.” During this meeting we sit and chat for about an hour about everything from how my clients met to their hopes and dreams for their children…

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What Will You Do With Your Last “Teachable Moment”?

As a parent, it is our job to model for our kids how to be caring, self-sufficient and contributing members of society. We work hard. We volunteer our time. We donate to causes. We bake for the school fundraisers. We are polite to the people who wait on us in stores and restaurants. All of these little details of our everyday lives add up to a strong lesson for our children in how to become a moral adult…

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