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Maintaining safe distances around large trucks

Driving is an essential part of everyday life. Even if you don't drive often, or at all, you probably rely on those who do.

We all depend on large trucks to deliver the products we use every day. Unfortunately, semis and other large vehicles can cause extensive damage and serious, even fatal injuries when involved in an accident.

Managing your family’s inheritance expectations

Your estate plan is about your legacy and what you want to pass on to your friends and family. You should make the decisions based on what you want them to have, rather than what you think they expect from you.

Your family, however, may have their own expectations, even if there is no reasoning. Unfortunately, when family members create their own assumptions about your estate plan, it can mean your whole family has to deal with someone contesting the validity of your will.

What happens to my medical expenses after I die?

As you make plans to determine who will receive your assets after you pass away, there are some factors you may not be able to control.

In many cases, as people age their medical expenses rise. While you may be in good health now, you have no way of knowing what medical conditions you will face in the future, let alone the cost of treatment for those conditions.

Helping a loved one cope with a major injury

When a loved one faces a significant injury, it changes their life dramatically and also affects how they interact with others. In a matter of moments, your loved one went from enjoying complete independence to having to rely on friends and family in new and unforeseen ways.

Like your injured loved one, you never expected to be faced with this situation. Regardless of how much support you can provide to them, you play an essential part in helping your loved one adapt to the unanticipated changes in their life.

Is it time for a parent to stop driving?

No one wants to be involved in a car accident. However, people take risks and make poor decisions every day that put them in danger of suffering serious injuries in a car accident. Unfortunately, a major risk that people take is getting behind the wheel when they should not be driving.

Elderly drivers are among those who could put themselves and others in harm's way. If you are worried about your parent or loved one's driving abilities, it is important to talk with them sooner, rather than later, about limiting or stopping their driving altogether. 

Is a family member always the best personal representative?

Choosing a personal representative to handle the administration of your estate is an extremely important decision. Most individuals view being chosen as a personal representative as an honor, while others may not want to undertake such an obligation and duty.

As you contemplate who will handle the administration of your estate, some ideas you should consider are found below. 

Florida commutes may not be as bad as you think

For most citizens of the Sunshine State, getting out of the house is part of your routine. No matter what mode of transportation you choose, there will be risks involved.

While you may see accidents fairly regularly while you are out, you may not consider how likely you are to be involved in one. Now that the new year is in full swing, the reports for best states for driving and biking for 2019 are out.

My loved one gave me a gift on their death bed

A serious illness. The progression of a disease. Entering end-of-life care. Any of these scenarios may cause an individual to think about passing on their property or giving gifts to loved ones while they are still alive - even if an estate plan has already been created.

Whether a person's death was long-anticipated, or their impending death came on suddenly, there are many reasons an individual might give someone a gift before they pass away.

Electronic wills coming to Florida in 2020

In the age of technology almost everything within reason is available online or electronically. Many people easily access their bank accounts through phones or computers. Recent advances in technology even allow individuals to pay for items electronically.

Nowadays, electronic wills could even allow individuals the opportunity to declare their final wishes electronically.

A new law could change your Florida car insurance

Your car insurance bill is one that you may dread paying, but when you are involved in a car accident you are thankful that you have the insurance in place. An important question is whether you have enough insurance to cover the medical bills and expenses that can come with an accident.

The discussion of adequate insurance coverage has prompted Florida lawmakers to reconsider the types of auto insurance coverage currently required in The Sunshine State. Current laws require minimum amounts of bodily injury protection, property damage coverage and personal injury protection.

Here's what you should know about the changes that lawmakers are currently considering.

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