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January 2019 Archives

Lawsuits involving fatal motor vehicle accidents with semis

Lawsuits involving fatal motor vehicle accidents with semis require specialized legal knowledge, along with the ultimate in compassion for the victim's family. A horrendous crash occurred recently near Gainesville, Florida involving five motor vehicles. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash left eight people injured and sadly seven others died from their injuries. Many of the victims were children on their way to Walt Disney World. Since the tragic accident, at least one wrongful death lawsuit was filed and additional lawsuits are likely to follow. 

Do heirs & beneficiaries have rights if there is no valid Will?

Do heirs and beneficiaries have rights if there is no valid Will when someone passes away while residing in Florida? When a resident of Florida dies, assets are disbursed according to Florida law. Estate administration is generally filed in the county where the person resided at the time of death. By signing a valid Will, the process of transferring assets to intended beneficiaries goes very smoothly. An estate planning attorney may also offer to store your Will for safekeeping in a fire-proof vault in his/her office for added peace of mind. 

Estate administration can have tax implications even with reforms

Estate administration and tax implications from recent tax reforms are extremely important matters. Now that the end-of-year holidays are behind us tax season is in full swing. As you may know, 2018 is the first year in which the full effects of recent tax reforms apply. This has some experts predicting that issues related to tax returns and tax refunds will be complicated this year.

Estate planning includes much more than asset distribution

Many believe the only goals of estate planning are to account for an individual's assets, and the distribution of a person's estate to intended heirs and beneficiaries. A comprehensive view of estate planning encompasses a broad scope of matters - including questions about end-of-life wishes.

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