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How to handle a cash inheritance

A will in Florida determines how assets should be divided after the estate owner passes on. Those who are left money in a will may need to take a variety of steps to actually receive the funds. The first step is to talk to the executor (assuming the beneficiary is not performing this role). At this time, it can be possible to ask about the process of obtaining the money in a respectful manner.

How to choose the right executor for an estate

An important step for a person in Florida who is creating an estate plan is to appoint the right executor. Some people may think of an executor largely as a ceremonial position, analogous to appointing a child's godparents. However, an executor is actually a position that comes with a significant amount of responsibility and requires that someone possess certain skills to be effective.

Avoiding abuse by creating a thorough estate plan

According to Wells Fargo, people in Florida and throughout the United States should have a will. They should also have both financial and health care powers of attorney in addition to a health care advance directive. Those who already have those documents in place should review them on a regular basis to be sure that they still meet their needs. While creating or reviewing an estate plan can seem overwhelming, it is possible to do so in small chunks.

Seat belts can lower the risk for serious liver injuries

While auto accidents lead to at least 2 million visits to U.S. emergency rooms every year, many drivers in Florida may think that seat belts are unnecessary. However, a study released by NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn gives one more good reason why seat belts are essential for safety.

How to create an adequate estate plan

Dying without a will is one of many potential estate planning mistakes a resident in Florida can make. When a person dies intestate, it can be more difficult for heirs to get their inheritances, and property could end up going to the wrong individuals. Even if a person does have a will as part of an estate plan, that plan should be examined on a regular basis.

Safety coalition aims to eliminate fatal crashes

Many Florida drivers fear the deadly hazards on America's roadways. However, a safety coalition of transportation industry participants, government agencies and others is working to change this. In fact, the Road to Zero Coalition aims to achieve zero roadway deaths by 2050. To meet this goal, group members are advocating for safer driving, improved technologies and other changes to lead to safer roads.

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