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The importance of effective communication during estate planning

The subjects that often arise during discussions of estate planning can make those involved feel uncomfortable; however, frank conversations regarding finances and the death of a loved one can secure any beneficiary's future and protect the legacy any benefactor intends to leave behind. Fidelity Investments notes that unless those involved [...]

How can you have a healthier divorce?

Even though divorce is certainly better than staying in an unfulfilling or abusive marriage, ending your marriage can take a toll on your emotional and mental well-being. In fact, according to Psychology Today, divorce tends to cause an intense emotional reaction that can include grief, anger, denial, anxiety and depression. [...]

Certified Family Law Mediator

I didn't write this article... Eddie Stephens did. I found that it is spot-on with the consult and counseling I give to my clients. Hopefully, you'll find this feeds your brain in a healthy way. Divorce is hard, but it doesn't have to be nasty. We will be here when [...]

Are you overdue for an estate plan update?

Though creating the initial estate plan takes a lot of work, it is by no means the last step you will have to take for your estate on a whole. In fact, estate plan management is something that will last for the rest of your life. After all, it is [...]

What are the grounds for terminating parental rights in Florida?

When it comes to the safety of your children, you as a parent are likely to do whatever you can to ensure it. However, complications may arise when it is the other parent who is the safety risk. Divorce and other custody arrangements help establish certain protections, timelines and distances [...]

How do you divide your IP in a divorce?

When you think about intellectual property, you might envision big companies with major logos like Coca-Cola or Disney. However, everyone in Florida has access to IP protections and the value it generates. Much like any marital property, IP that generates value — or that might generate value later — needs [...]

Plan your funeral with clear communication and the right trusts

Estate planning may seem intimidating but with the right communication and resources, you have plenty of options to make your wishes known. Handling your affairs ahead of time not only gets your preferences in writing — it helps ease the pressure on your family when they do not have to [...]

What should you include in your estate plan?

Estate planning is crucial for all people, regardless of age or financial status. Elements of estate plans offer protection to your loved ones, but they can also protect you while you are still alive. That is why estate plans must include certain items, which ensure your assets, your family, and [...]

The difference between equal and equitable property division

Equal and equitable distribution of marital property are two concepts that are similar but are not the same. Florida is an equitable distribution state. Understanding the difference between these concepts will help you prepare for your divorce. What does equal distribution mean? Equal distribution means that all marital property is [...]

Have peace of mind with a healthcare directive and financial POA

A major change to your life can happen at any time. You could suffer a head injury in a vehicle accident or become incapacitated due to a serious illness. A healthcare directive and a financial power of attorney (POA) are two estate planning tools that will ease your mind if [...]


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